What Film Matches You?


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.

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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

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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

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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

Slide film offers so much diversity when used in photography. The strong saturated colors, high contrast, and crazy shifts make for memorable images. Thanks to cross processing techniques, photos taken with slide film are often vivid in character.

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

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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.

written by cheeo on 2018-08-06 #tutorials #film #tips #guide #choice


  1. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    Lomography CN100 for color photography (fine grain, good "amatorial" color tones). And Ilford HP5+ for b/w (great from 200 to 800 ISO.)

  2. yago56
    yago56 ·

    For Monochrome Ilford XP 2 Super, For color, Fuji,Agafa and Kodakolor 200, Lomography 100 for close ups and Petzval and Daguerreotype. Sometimes AGFA CT 100,

  3. trychydts
    trychydts ·

    Lomography CN100 is _the_ Lomography color film for me. Bursting with colors, beautiful graining, very forgiving.

    For black and white phtography, I either shoot with ISO 50 films (stark, dramatic contrast, crips lines), or some very hi-sensitivity ones like the Kodak 3200 with beutifully soft tones a gentle, still definite graining.

  4. flamingoid
    flamingoid ·

    Honestly, rather than finding one favorite film, it's easier for me to choose film I would never buy again. Kodak ColorPlus 200 for example. It isn't sharp enough for me and its grain structure is just bad. Asian skin tones are pretty awful too, IMO.

  5. tomasoma
    tomasoma ·

    I'm gonna test the Lomography XPro 200 ISO when available, right now i have a roll of AGFA CT precisa 100 in the camera, I really can't like the coldness of the so acclaimed Velvia .... i feel like none will make me forget the KODAK E100G ... T_T

  6. schwarzesauge
    schwarzesauge ·

    all the films i can get my hands on....

  7. lizkoppert
    lizkoppert ·

    @schwarzesauge, I hear ya. I'm totally into whatever I can grab my hands on, just to see what it looks like. Experimental all the way.

  8. schwarzesauge
    schwarzesauge ·

    @lizkoppert including endless scrolling on ebay & similar sites....

  9. lizkoppert
    lizkoppert ·

    @schwarzesauge, ABSU-FREAKING-LUTELY! :D

  10. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    Color = Portra 400 VC || Lomo CN 100
    B&W = Tri-X 400 || Ilford Delta 400

  11. ces1um
    ces1um ·

    I'll shoot whatever is in the fridge and ready to go!

  12. stonemonki
    stonemonki ·

    For me I go with Ilford PAN 400 pushed to 1600. I've tried many Ilford films, don't like the curly Kodak stuff. However, happy they've brought back two of their films.

  13. stonemonki
    stonemonki ·

    @schwarzesauge Forget Ebay, buy direct from those that manufacture the film.

  14. schwarzesauge
    schwarzesauge ·

    @stonemonki the good thing about ebay&co, is you have chance to get films that are not produces anymore

  15. stonemonki
    stonemonki ·

    @schwarzesauge Maybe so I purchased Kodak 64 120 film and the images I got back were absolutely sharp for an out of date film. However, they were developed at the time by a dedicated developer which was Jessops. Who recently relaunched in Liverpool again (Yay). Tbh, I do prefer film that is fresh. It's not that I don't like film that is no longer produced, I just don't like Ebay&Co customer service or some of it's downright dishonest sellers. IMO Ebay is a harvest for scammers. They're other suppliers of film if you your research.

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