How does film actually work? Why can film be pushed and pulled? The science of 35mm film.

This was going to be an article about my experiences of push processing film from 400 to 800 for the first time. For those of you who are new to film, or if you’ve never heard these terms before, pushing and pulling are photographic terms for using a film beyond its intended or advertised sensitivity. … Read more

Abandoned Memories Part 3 – Mystery Ebay Kodak APS Film

Every now and again I’ll pick up a used and exposed film from Ebay just to recover the memories that have been left behind. There’s always the hope that someone will stumble across the page, or the images might be shared and I can reunite them with their original owners. If this is your first … Read more

Film price rise – The end of my Ilford journey and calculating what it really costs to shoot film

A couple of weeks ago my fridge was looking rather sad and empty. The film shelf was down to the last few rolls and it was time to stock up again whilst I still had the money before the cold sets in and I have to divert cash to inconvenient things like making sure the … Read more

Is it Worth Upgrading Your Film Scanner – The Epson V600 Photo

I’ve long been the advocate of operating on a budget when it comes to film photography. There’s something I like about the challenge of finding the absolute best kit you can find for basically next to nothing and this approach has been good for some time. Every now and again, however, there comes a point … Read more

The Story of Abandoned Memories Part 2 – Developing more mystery used films from Ebay 

Previously we went on a journey through someone’s abandoned family photographs, ranging from children’s sports teams, family snapshots, a holiday to France and an unfortunate lack of clothes which, sadly for you, I omitted for the sake of good taste. Today we’re going to look at the remaining mystery films and once again leave the … Read more

More Film Scanning on a Budget – Making a DIY Lightbox

These days, film scanners are either unobtainable, too expensive or too old to be used with modern operating systems. Consequently, many people have moved towards using a macro lens, light box and negative holder to take detailed photographs of their negatives which can then be post processed to produce a final image. There’s a reasonable … Read more

What is the best budget film scanner?

Film scanning is one of those topics that really triggers some film aficionados. These are people who wouldn’t dream of handling a negative without a crisp pair of white gloves and a sterile clean room on hand. You can spend extortionate amounts on flatbeds, macro lenses, light boxes and so forth, but what works for … Read more

How to get in to Film Photography –
Shoot, Develop and Digitise your first 35mm film on a shoestring budget

Film photography should be cheap and fun, but it is possible to spend an absolute fortune on developing, scanning and digitising kit if you’re not careful. The fact of the matter is that you really don’t need to despite what many film advocates will try to tell you. It is more than possible to buy … Read more

The Story of Abandoned Memories Part 1 – Developing mystery used films from Ebay

Every now again a camera will come up for sale which still has a film left in it, usually in various states of exposure ranging from completely used to only just loaded. If you’re a regular reader you’ll remember I recently had some experience with this from a roll of Kodak Gold 400 that had … Read more

Canon EOS IX7 APS Film SLR Review – The simultaneous birth and death of Canon APS SLR’s

One thing about film photography is that once you scratch beneath the 35mm and 120 film surface, you discover that there have been countless different formats that have come and gone for various reasons. APS is just one of those historic attempts at doing something different in an effort to standardise on a form factor … Read more