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It wasn’t long ago that film photography was on its way to become a relic of the past and be overtaken by digital photography. The last decade however has seen the resurgence of this timeless medium and it’s become quite clear that film photography is nowhere near obsoletion. 

For beginners, many photographers recommend that you start off with one or two film stocks and stick with them. That’ll help you understand how the film performs in different environments and lighting settings. Also, you should consider starting with 35mm film as it’s often cheaper and leaves you with plenty of camera options. 

Do you use film in your work? If so, share some tips you wish you knew when you were starting out in the comments!


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I've stopped using film for at least three decades now. Digital systems have greatly improved and offer many advantages in my professional work. One of the biggest issues I remember was not knowing what you did wrong, and you could only see the results after you had developed your photos, unlike digital systems, which are immediate. My advice for people starting out without any experience in both digital and film systems who want to start with film is to take lots of images and consider recording your settings somewhere so that you can cross-reference them with your prints later on to figure out the settings that do and do not work in different settings.

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