All of Guides and Tutorials — Page 2
39 Film Photography How-To’s, Explainers, and Research Aids
How to Load Film
How to Use a Light Meter
How to Zone Focus
Intro to Rangefinders
Recycle Polaroid Film
What Is “Exposure?”
How to Develop C-41 at Home
Remove Dust, Scratches
Polaroid Emulsion Lifts
Focal-Plane vs Leaf Shutters
What is an Aperture
Make Perfect Exposure on Film
What Is a Rangefinder Camera and How to Use It Well
December 16, 2021Learn everything about this iconic film camera design. Definitions, types, features, mechanics, shooting, repair, and purchase advice.— Dmitri.
Dynamic Range in Film Photography
A Complete Guide to Your Film’s Defining Characteristic
December 2, 2021Understand your film’s dynamic range, improve your images and master the contrast. Learn about film characteristic curves, film density and more.— Dmitri.
How to Zone Focus Quickly and Accurately
For Fast Action, Night Photography, and Specialty Cameras
November 20, 2021Zone focusing is a powerful technique that can help you be faster, more confident with your camera and take better shots in subdued light.— Dmitri.
How to Remove Dust and Scratches From Film Scans
Using Adobe Photoshop and Spot Healing Tool
September 23, 2021You can improve the quality of your scans drastically with this technique. Better than Digital Ice.— Dmitri.
The Best Resolution (DPI) for Scanning Film
June 7, 2021Get the optimal resolution for scanning 35mm, 120, and large format film for the Web, print, and archiving.— Dmitri.
How to Invert Colour Film Negatives in Photoshop
Using Replicable Equalization Technique
May 31, 2021This guide will demonstrate and explain a simple, reliable method for making high-quality positives from scanned colour film negatives.— Dmitri.
How to Make Candid Portraits
May 10, 2021This guide will help you choose the right gear and improve your technique for better candid portraiture on film.— Dmitri.
8 Technical Reasons to Shoot Black and White Film
May 4, 2021Grain, accessibility, archival properties, creative developers, film speed, scanning, formats, and specialty films.— Dmitri.
Making Lumen Prints With Ilford Gelatin-Silver Photographic Paper
December 8, 2020An easy way to make a solar-gram with gelatin-silver photographic paper and a bit of sun exposure.— Bob St-Cyr.
DIY Perfect Binding — No Book Clamps Needed
Make Full-Size Books and Zines at Home
October 14, 2020Making beautiful book spines does not have to be difficult or require specialized tools. This guide shows you how.— Dmitri.
How to Calibrate Infinity Focus on a Rangefinder
July 7, 2020This guide will show you how to calibrate infinity focus on your film rangefinder camera without having to go to a repair shop or buying expensive tools.— Dmitri.
A Simple Guide to Using Flash on Manual Film Cameras
Achieve Greater Control Over Your Artificially-Lit Photographs
February 20, 2020No light meter, no exposure guesstimates — just zone focus, look up your 𝒇-value, and click. Operating flashguns with no sync at all, like in the photograph above, can be done with any camera that has a Bulb setting and provides control over the aperture.— Dmitri.
The Limited Role of Equipment and Technique
February 3, 2020An essay on the importance of inspiration, position, composition, rapport, timing, emotion, expression over the camera and the lens’ physical properties.— Dan K.
How to Travel With Film Through Airport Security
Protect Your Film From X-Ray Damage and Loss
November 22, 2019Travelling with film requires a few precautions. Protect your film from X-Ray damage and loss with these tips.— Dmitri.
How to Make Polaroid Emulsion Lifts & Transparencies
A Step-by-Step Guide With Troubleshooting Tips
April 21, 2019A complete set of instructions (with a PDF checklist) on how to create your beautiful emulsion lifts with Polaroid film.— Dmitri.
Film Photography Costs and Prices
Development, Scanning and Printing; From 35mm to Large Format
March 12, 2019Understand the true cost of shooting film and how you can save or splurge on it. 35mm, instant, and large format.— Dmitri, with images by ScottH.
A Beginner’s Guide to Film Photography
February 19, 2019Internet’s most complete film photography guide with all the basics you need to get started. Includes a free PDF.— Dmitri, with images by Betty and Joy Celine Asto +1.
Building an Instax Pinhole Camera
In a Chocolate Tin
April 3, 2018How I made a tiny pocketable pinhole camera that uses Fujifilm Instax film and how you can make your own.— Dmitri.
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How to Get Your Article, Story, or Photo Essay Published Here
January 18, 2018An open call for stories, essays, articles, and reviews. Inclusive editorial process and the best look on the web!— Dmitri.