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Film photography blogs you should follow (freshly updated for 2017)

(First published 5 May 2014.) When I started blogging about film cameras several years ago, I searched for other blogging camera collectors and film photographers, hoping to find community among others of like mind. I found several and have been amply rewarded by sharing in their adventures.

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A portrait of the blogger

I follow a ton of photo bloggers, more than my blogroll lists. So for all of my fellow blogging film photographers, I’m going to list all of the photo blogs I follow.

And let’s make this an exchange. If you know of some film-photography or camera-collecting blogs I don’t list, please link to them in the comments!

These blogs are pretty active.

  • 35hunter — Dan talks technique and gear, and shares his work.
  • 52 Rolls — A group blog from photographers who commit to shooting one roll of film a week for a year. Every year the crop of photographers changes.
  • Between light and shadow, a borderline — Roy shares what he’s learned about film photography and shows us his work.
  • Broken Camera . Club — Mostly reviews of mostly obscure gear.
  • burnt embers — “ehpem” has shot less digital and more film since 2013, and this blog reflects that.
  • Camera Legend — Sam collects legendary cameras and writes about using them.
  • Canny Cameras — Gear reviews and photographs. This site explained why the Lomography 110 film I use sometimes leaves light spots on some images. A tip of the hat for that.
  • Captured by Film — Frequent postings of film images.
  • Casual Photophile — This site written by James and his crew sets the Internet standard for vintage gear reviews. Excellent writing, excellent images, great cameras. Highly recommended.
  • Curating Cuteness — Katie shoots film with a small stable of cameras and posts images nearly every day.
  • Daniel J. Schneider — Daniel posts gear and film reviews, as well as writes about his photographic journey.
  • Emulsive — A blog that aims to prove that film photography isn’t hard.
  • Film Advance — Gary shares images from his eclectic collection of film cameras.
  • Filmosaur — A Luddite not opposed to technology, if that makes sense.
  • Film Photography Blog — A straightforwardly named blog from the Film Shooters Collective.
  • Film Photography Project — You gotta include the blog of the FPP gang.
  • Fogdog Blog — John and his Nikons and his Pentaxes and the northern California coast.
  • I Still Shoot Film — A group blog about all things film.
  • Japan Camera Hunter — Bellamy lives in Tokyo and finds lovely old cameras for you. And writes about film photography.
  • Little Black Star – Eric likes expired medium-format film and Polaroid pack film.
  • North East Liberties — Michael shares scenes from the region of Northern Ireland his blog is named after. His specialty is printing.
  • Photobooth Journal — I suppose these are mostly film images, but I know that all of them are from photo booths. Katherine has built a fascinating collection of such photos, old and new.
  • Ramblings from the Carrot Room — SilverFox moved from the UK to the US and records his life on film.
  • Random Camera Blog – Mark shoots frequently with his old cameras and shares the results here.
  • Photo-Analogue – Nicholas shares photos from his 20 film cameras and discusses tech and technique.
  • Shimmering Grains — Marie’s film images. Based in Sweden but written in English.
  • shot on film — New images from old cameras.
  • the6millionpman — Lots of medium format.
  • The Resurrected Camera — Joe proves that film photography doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • Zorki Photo — Stephen dispels the myths about film: that it’s too hard and too expensive.

These blogs post far less frequently, but I keep them in my feed reader hoping for more.

These blogs have ceased posting, or appear to have ceased posting, and I miss them.

  • 52 Film Cameras in 52 Weeks – After 366 weeks, Tony’s blog about shooting a different camera every week appears to have gone silent..
  • Analog Photography At Its Best – Paul Giambarba was the pioneering brand designer for Polaroid in the 1960s and 1970s. He shares his favorite film photos, usually Polaroids, from photographers everywhere.
  • Beacon 225 — Ted collects quirky old cameras and shoots with them. He used to write about them, too.
  • Crossings — A film blog, still up in memoriam of the author, who passed away in 2013.
  • Malkimata’s Camera – Norman shoots his old cameras and shares his wonderful photos.
  • My Camera Cabinet – Reviews of interesting film cameras.
  • Picturenoise – A film photographer who leans toward lomography.
  • The Casual Camera Collector – Jim writes short essays about film photography: gear, processing, printing, and what remains of the film business.
  • Through a Vintage Lens – T. Rand Collins, M.D., and his collection of cameras from before 1950.
  • What Is a Film Camera – Richard reviews the old film cameras he buys.
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48 thoughts on “Film photography blogs you should follow (freshly updated for 2017)

  1. Thanks for the list. I’ll look forward to exploring it. Also appreciate the reminder to review my own links list which is perpetually out of date. My photo blog grew out of my web site about my old cameras. It is a lot easier to use Google Blogger to post things on a regular basis than to write html code every time I want to say something. I have imported a lot of material from the now-gone web site to the blog and the blog is really configured to be as much of a reference source as a record of my current photo activities. I still follow a few blogs like yours, but I tend to get more of my need met for daily photo info from a few forum sites like photo.net, Filmwasters, and rangefinderforum.

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    • I’ve tried the forums but find them challenging to keep up with. I think a lot of that is because I consume blogs on my phone 75% of the time and the forums don’t render well on that small form factor. The forums you mention at least have a decent signal:noise ratio.

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  2. peggy says:

    Thank you for the links to so many blogs. It is good to know (and see) that film is alive and so well represented.

    And kudos to you on your book. I enjoy your conversational writing style and appreciate your casual yet experienced eye. Exceptional Ordinary is aptly named.

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  3. James Thorpe says:

    Damn you… just when I’d cleared out the backlog on my RSS aggregator! But seriously, thanks… great list, Jim.

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  4. Hi Jim, what an honor it is to be on your list, and especially among this awesome collection! Thanks so much and thanks too for introducing me to some fantastic sites I never knew. By the way, I got your book and I love it! :-)

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    • My original 2014 post, which I kept updated, had gotten lost in the Internet shuffle I feared. So i tried this fully updated repost, and judging by the positive response I’m glad I did!

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  5. Michael McNeill says:

    A big list Jim – good to see so many film-related blogs (and thanks for the shout-out). I enjoy following Andrea Ingram’s blogs from around her home on the Scottish Isle of Lewis (www.boxesbellows.blogspot.com and islandcrofters.blogspot.com).

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  6. SilverFox says:

    Hey Jim
    Thanks for including me on your list, I haven’t done anything on by blog for a couple of days due to a family crisis and I suddenly see a massive peak from petapixel where your post has been included. Thanks for the boost :)

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  7. Jim, Thanks for noticing my blog. It started as a way to keep notes on a project to shoot 50 film cameras in a year and has just kept going because I keep finding more cameras. Not sure I am worthy of the company but glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the inclusion.

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  8. Just saw your face in my Facebook feed, a surreal moment for me! Also, that whole “Joe explores and discovers with his old film cameras” line still bothers me, and perhaps it’s time to reexamine where my blog is going, and find my roots again, what my message was. It was always about getting the best deal I possibly could and making film photography as affordable as possible…

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    • I didn’t agonize over any of the taglines I gave blogs in my list. I’m happy to rewrite it next time as “Joe gets the best deal he can on his gear to prove that film photography can be affordable!”

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      • Hahaha, can’t remember if we’ve had this discussion before or not! It’s really galvanized me though, if that’s what first came to your mind, then maybe I’m not doing a good enough job emphasizing the economics and affordability. ;) Or maybe I need to find a stronger theme, and stick with it!

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  9. Thanks a lot for the reference to my blog Jim, most appreciated!
    I just saw that my stats were booming, two days in a row 😊
    I think I may have to shape up a bit and blog more often! The last year has not been very much…
    Thanks again Jim 💐

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  10. jon says:

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks you for this list, I took copious notes. I learn something new almost every time I read your blog.
    Kind regards,
    Jon

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  11. Hello Jim,
    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog on your site. I’ve been following your blog for about 5 years now, and I really enjoyed reading your camera reviews and looked forward to Saturday’s recommended reading.
    It was actually your site and your regular posts that encouraged me to start my own blog. You just gave me the motivation to post more regularly.
    Thank you once again.

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  12. Hi Jim – thanks for including burntembers on the list, quite an honour given the company. And it is very nice to find a few more film blogs that I don’t already know about.

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