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The film is in the mail

Since I don't yet develop my own film, I need to mail it off to the lab. I've started using The Darkroom in San Francisco for my developing/scanning needs. Today I mailed off five rolls:

Kodax Max 400: An expired roll shot in my Holga 135. The film advance jammed on the 14th frame, so after a year of thinking about trying to fix it and finish the roll, I just rewound it and shipped the roll off half-finished. Since it's expired I pushed it 2 stops but it's a mystery how it'll turn out...Kodak Portra 400: Shot this in my Canon Rebel 2000. I expect some portraits out of it, but can't quite remember what else. The Canon is a very reliable machine and produces good exposures.Kodax Tri-X 400: I think I shot this one in my Lomo LC-A, and it would be the first roll out of that camera. I really loved my previous rolls of Tri-X, so I'm pretty excited to see what comes of it. Largely inspired by Doctor Popular'sAmerican Analog series (still my favorite ever photo …

Some things I've learned so far from shooting film

The Holga 135 is a very forgiving camera.

Ektar 100 is a gorgeous film but ISO 100 means you really should shoot it in broad daylight if shooting at box speed.

Shooting daily life on digital produces this urge to make things Instagram-worthy. Shooting daily life on film means taking things as they are.

Instant film can be really beautiful, and a nice change of pace.


Keep rolls of 120 film tightly wound. First-time shooters, I'm looking at you!

A good lab is worth every penny. Not all labs are equal!

A good scan is hard to find.

Shooting film costs money with each press of the shutter, but don't be precious about it. Treat it as a gift. Make mistakes.