Film Photography | Learning how to use 35mm film on a 1980's Canon AE-1 camera + My First Vintag


I'm so excited to be sharing with you one of the current projects I am working on. I'm learning film photography and I'm teaching myself everything just by doing research online. I have to say it's going amazing and I'm quickly becoming obsessed with film photography. It is so fun and has really forced me to look at photography in a different way.

With film, you truly have to know how to work the camera settings to get a properly exposed photo because you can't just erase it and start over if you mess up, like you can with a modern digital camera. Once the shutter is pressed, what's done is done and will be getting developed at the film lab...unless you accidentally open the camera before you rewind the film which I definitely did last week but that's a story for another day. ;)


Currently Matt and I are solely digital photographers, which we love, but for fun we are both getting our feet wet and playing with 35mm film and old film cameras that we have had lying around the house for years. I absolutely love it. I have been picking up my vintage film cameras more than my Nikon D7100 over the last few weeks.

We own 6 vintage cameras and currently have 4 of them working right now with film inside. It's been a process finding film, learning about the camera, getting batteries, learning exposure and metering, taking in focus pictures, unwinding the film without exposing it to light, and getting them to the lab and developed. Phew! It really makes you realize all that goes into film photography. It is a lot of work. But getting the final tangible photos are what make it all worth it!




Today I picked up my first set of film photography prints at JW Image Labs in Raleigh. They are one of the only local places left that still has a darkroom and develops film. They are great and I love them already. Can't wait to continue to work with them in the future.






They aren't the greatest but I love them because they are my first ones. I couldn't believe how vintagey and old school they look. I mean I expected it but I didn't expect them to look that vintagey. They look like they are from the 1960's, not the 1980's (which is when the camera was made). So cool. I used a Canon AE-1, 35mm film camera- the most popular camera of the 80's. In fact, many of my childhood photos were taken with this actual camera. It was passed down to me by my family. But I'm so happy with them.




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