This page brings together a selection of resources from across the internet to help beginners source an appropriate analogue camera, learn how to use film, ‘cheat sheets’ for shooting great images and step-by-step guides about how the process works. If you have any questions you can email the committee or if you would like to find out more our Facebook Group is an environment where you can put your queries to a group of passionate analogue enthusiasts.
Sourcing a camera
Which camera you choose can be guided by what you’re familiar with, what subjects you intend on photographing (portraits? street photography? etc), or price. Here are some handy guides on how to choose a camera suitable to your needs:
Using and understanding film formats
In order to buy your film, it is best to understand which type of film fits the format of your camera, i.e. 120mm for medium format cameras. The links below go into detail about types of film and film formats, including this video by Ilford which briefly shows the difference between film formats.
Read 'Choosing Black and White Film' as a short, downloadable guide on the different types of black and white films available.
There is a wealth of information regarding how to take a photograph, from which ISO speed to use, understanding aperture and shutter speeds and composing the image, this handy infographic makes it simple.
I Still Shoot Film Guides:
Find a local store that stocks film
Read 'Improving your film processing: seven tips' for a quick, downloadable guide to how film is processed.
Read 'Consistent print processing: seven tips' for a brief, downloadable look at how an image is developed in the darkroom.
Download or view the Buying A Film Guide
This RPS Analogue guide covers film sizes and formats and what to look for when inspecting a body and/or lens. There are also suggestions on which makes of camera may be reliable and repairable. It may be viewed online or downloaded for offline viewing (downloadable to smartphones or tablets, for easy use when camera shopping) from the Issuu website here.
Other Helpful Links:
Specialist UK suppliers of film and materials
Keyphoto www.keyphoto.com 01582 – 460 461
Harman Express (Ilford) www.harmanexpress.com or 01565—684 000
Speedgraphic www.speedgraphic.co.uk or 01420—560 066
Tetenal www.tetenaluk.com or 0116—289 3644
Second-hand Darkroom Supplies www.secondhanddarkroom.co.uk or 01993—878323
Palm Laboratory www.palmlabs.co.uk or 0121—622 5504
Peak Imaging www.peak-imaging.co.uk or 0114—224 3207
Ilford Lab Direct www.ilfordlab.com or 01565—684 000
Camera Repair Workshop 01908 – 378 088
Harrow Technical 020 – 8938 4660
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