This might be somewhat obvious, but the first step is to invest in a film camera to take photos with. As for how to choose a film camera, there are a few options on offer, and they fall into three main categories:
Point-and-shoot cameras are the best film cameras for beginners who want to explore the moody side of film without making too much of a commitment. You can buy a reusable or disposable camera, and both are budget-friendly and easy to use. With most cameras, you simply load your film, find your scene and fire — hence the name “point and shoot.”
Thanks to their direct flash and cheaper lenses, these cameras mimic the effect of older technologies, and you can expect your images to come out with lens flares, vignetting and shadows — all characteristics of vintage film photos!
Film SLRs and medium-format film cameras come right from that era. These cameras are kitted out with manual controls, so you’ll be able to adjust settings to get the look you want. The best 35mm film cameras are also sturdier than point-and-shoot cameras, and compatible with a range of lenses and accessories. If you’re purchasing a second-hand film camera, make sure you’re going through a reputable buyer that offers some sort of warranty as these cameras are older and pre-owned.