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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.

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