Color, slide, or black and white film? Don’t be confused. Options are there to actually make things easier for you. You just have to choose what kind of film is the best for the shots you’re going to take.
It doesn’t have to be complicated when you’re choosing which film to use for a project. Take it easy and let this list be your guide:
Use Color to Create Visual Symphonies
Color can be used to add depth and excitement to a photograph. If there are high and low notes, and varying intensities in music, shooting in color also has its mellow and strong tones. If you’re the type who likes to play around with combinations then color film is for you.
Using color negative film can give your images direction and a unique vibe. This type of film can be used in a wide variety of projects that demand attention. A pop of color can draw attention to the subject. You can go for a balanced look with carefully picked hues or all out with strong combinations.
Going Classy? Go for Monochrome
One of the main selling points of black and white film is the atmosphere it gives to images. You can express a lot of emotions with deep blacks, contrasting whites, and beautiful gray tones. Your photographs can communicate suspense, drama, calmness, emptiness, and so much more in black and white.
Monochrome films also make for timeless images. They add character to a shot like no other film type does. A lot of photography masters used black and white films to take some of their most iconic shots. That alone should make you want to try your hand at shooting with black and white film.
Spice it Up with Slide Film
Try shooting slide films with plenty of natural light to get outstanding colorways. Our Community is full to the brim with sample shots that can inspire you to play around with intense colors. If you’re going for visually mesmerizing images, you really can’t go wrong with slide films.
Experimental is Exciting
These are the films you go for if you’re feeling a bit crazy and creative. Some options included in this category are redscale, infrared, and color reversal films that make you see the world from a whole different perspective.
Experiments are most welcome when using these highly addictive films. You’ll know what we’re talking about if you’ve tried them. Feed your curiosity and try them out. These one-of-a-kind films can help you bring your wildest ideas to life.
We just covered the basics and there’s a whole lot of different films for you to try. Our suggestion? Buy a roll of each and see how they fit into your work. You can always change things up to refresh your analogue palate. Trust us, you’d be glad you tried them so you know which film really is for you.
Do you have a favorite film that you just can’t get enough of? Share your film stories in the comment section below and tell us all about it! We’d love to hear more from you and your film experiments.