Blogosphere, Film Photography

Film photography blogs you should follow

A great joy of film photography is the community of people who enjoy everything about it: the gear, the films, getting out and shooting, and looking at the resulting photographs. Lots of us share our adventures on our blogs.

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The community of film photography bloggers is growing. Since I last posted a list of the film blogs I follow, I’ve found a bunch more! To think this is happening when blogs have generally become passé.

I’m going to list all of the photo blogs I follow. If you don’t see your blog here, I hope you won’t feel put out. Maybe I just don’t know about it. Let me know which blogs I’m missing in the comments!

I really look forward to new posts from these blogs:

  • A Conspiracy of Cartographers — This blog from Eric continues the work he started in his blog Load Film in Subdued Light. He shoots with arcane cameras and expired films and gets just wonderful images. I never miss Eric’s posts.
  • Camera Go Camera — Peggy Anne reviews lots and lots of gear, some of it off-the-wall stuff she bought while living in Japan.
  • Casual Photophile — This site written by James and his crew sets the Internet standard for vintage gear reviews. Excellent writing, excellent images, great cameras. I read every post, from beginning to end.
  • Fogdog Blog — John takes his Nikons and his Pentaxes (and sometimes his Leicas) along the northern California coast.
  • Kosmo Foto — Stephen dispels the myths about film: that it’s too hard and too expensive, and breaks film-photography news. Formerly Zorki Photo.
  • Photography and Vintage Cameras – Mike does great work with his old cameras, especially in black and white. He can make an old folder or box camera really sing.

These blogs are pretty active.

  • 35mmc — Hamish Gill and his crew write about cameras and films and photographic skills.
  • A Fortunate Traveler — Stephan has a smattering of film cameras and shares his work from them.
  • Analog Cafe — A group blog of photo essays, reviews, and stories.
  • Attempts at 35mm — Pekka waxes philosophical about cameras and street photography.
  • Barnaby Nutt — Barnaby documents his life with his film camera.
  • Bernard Prunesquallor — Essays on many topics, illustrated with film photographs.
  • burnt embers — “ehpem” has shot less digital and more film since 2013, and this blog reflects that.
  • Canny Cameras — Gear reviews and photographs by Alan D. This site explained why the Lomography 110 film I use sometimes leaves light spots on some images. A tip of the hat for that.
  • coronet66 — Photos from lots of great film gear from this UK blogger.
  • EMULSIVE — A place for film photographers of all backgrounds to share their knowledge, experience, and thoughts about everything related to film photography.
  • Field Photographer — A group blog about gear and adventure with that gear.
  • Filling the Time — Karen explores photography and film cameras.
  • Film Advance — Gary shares images from his eclectic collection of film cameras.
  • Film Beginnings — Gear reviews and photo walks.
  • Film Photography Blog — A straightforwardly named blog from the Film Shooters Collective.
  • Film Photography Project — You gotta include the blog of the FPP gang.
  • 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.
  • John’s Cameras — Lots and lots of old-camera reviews.
  • mike eckman dot com — Gear reviews out the wazoo, from common cameras to wacky stuff you’ve never heard of.
  • Olli Thomson Photography — A career ex-pat who lives all over the world, shooting his film gear and sharing his work.
  • Photo Jottings — A lot of film camera tests and reviews.
  • Physical Grain — Personal essays, illustrated with film photographs by the authors.
  • reCap — Gear and photographs. A German blog in English.
  • shot on film — New images from old cameras.
  • the6millionpman — Lots of medium format.
  • Why Use Film Cameras? — Frank in Luxembourg shoots film, proving every day that it’s not as expensive as you think.
  • Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic Photos of gear from his extensive collection, mostly Yashicas.

These blogs post 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.
  • 52 Rolls — A group blog from photographers who commit to shooting one roll of film a week for a year. Looks like this blog went defunct after 2017.
  • 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.
  • Between light and shadow, a borderline — Roy shares what he’s learned about film photography and shows us his work.
  • Crossings — A film blog, still up in memoriam of the author, who passed away in 2013.
  • Daniel J. Schneider — Daniel posts gear and film reviews, as well as writes about his photographic journey.
  • Jeanne Yang Photography — Lots of 35mm film once passed through Jeanne’s cameras.
  • 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.
  • Short Stories — Gerald in the UK and his black-and-whites. Often with interesting stories to tell about them, hence the title.
  • 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.
  • Urban Hafner Photography — Software developer by day, film photographer when he can find a moment.
  • What Is a Film Camera — Richard reviews the old film cameras he buys.

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53 thoughts on “Film photography blogs you should follow

  1. Always an honor to be on your list Jim! Hopefully can get more in, in the next few months. Many cameras, not as much time! The one that should be at the top of this list is “Down The Road” because it is one of the best and most active film photography blogs!

  2. Jim, by the way I know some of the more popular ones on this list, but thanks for introducing me to some new and interesting blogs!

  3. Ugh yeah, I don’t post very frequently anymore, do I? Honestly all that I have is backlog stuff that I’ve been doling out. It’s better than just going away completely, but in some ways is like dying a slow death. I do still read the people I follow! Though I did get 20+ rolls of film developed this summer, I haven’t even got around to scanning them yet, then I’ll gave more fodder for posting…

    • It’s ok, not everybody is ocd about their blogging like I am. Keep at it at the pace that makes sense and we’ll all still be there to read it.

  4. Darn it, I wish this post hadn’t hit on a day when I am supposed to be working. LOL. Thanks for this, I can’t wait to explore some that I don’t recognize!

  5. Thanks for NOT including me this time around, I felt like a bit of an imposter last time I was shooting so little film, but since I’ve not shot a single frame in maybe 18 months now I’m relieved to not be mentioned. : )

    Jim I’m curious, I think you mentioned before you spend about 10 hours a week writing for your blog. How much time do you spend reading other blogs?

    • Yeah, I wondered if you’d notice. You really have gone digital — which I think is wonderful, but also disqualifies you from this list.

      I’ve managed to shrink my blogging time to 6-8 hours now. I read other blogs when I have downtime, such as when in the loo or waiting for an appointment. If I can’t get my blogs read in that time they don’t get read.

  6. analogphotobug says:

    Just an update…The 52 Rolls site is inactive. EMULSIVE has been trying to track down the owner. I’m in the process of downloading my posts.

  7. TBM3FAN says:

    If you can I would suggest you get a hold of, or at least look at, the latest issue of The Smithsonian September 2018. I get it and while I don’t always look at the contributors I did this time because there was a shot of one of them using a Speed Graphic. I then realized that all the contributors either used film photography, to Polaroid, to wet plate to accompany the stories.The article on Code Name:Verona used Tri-X and a non-metered Pentax SLR. Film isn’t dead.

  8. That’s an impressive list with a few that are new to me. Thanks for the mention though it has left me feeling a bit guilty since all my recent shots have been digital. But it did encourage me to get out with my Minolta XD today and shoot most of a roll of Delta 100. So I now – almost – have two rolls from Bulgaria ready for developing.

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  10. Jim! Thanks for linking to my blog, I really appreciate it :) I’ve followed you via my RSS reader, and I’m going to indulge in a nice long read of your backposts now. All the best!

  11. Hi Jim
    Great list. I’m going to enjoy checking many of them out.
    May I humbly suggest you check my film blog please:
    I’d love to get your feedback on it.
    Thanks again for compiling an excellent list.

  12. Thanks for the wonderful list of film photography blogs Jim. I shall work my way through the listing and seek inspiration and motivation to get out and about with my film cameras more often.

  13. helmsgate1 says:

    Just read your blog on other bloggers to follow in 2018. Can’t follow all but will occasionally read each one and pick the ones to follow.

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