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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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!

This year I’m just going to list the blogs alphabetically. When you see ✨ next to a blog, it’s new to this year’s list. When you see ❀ next to a blog, it’s one I look forward to most. When you see πŸ“· next to a blog, its author or owner is a member of a little kaffeeklatsch I belong to where we talk about photography and photo blogging — and share each others’ posts around the Internet.

Also, this year I’m limiting the list to blogs that have posted recently and post regularly.

  • 35 millimetre β€” Film photographs by Charlotte Davis in the UK.
  • ✨ 35mm Chronicle — The fellow who writes this blog never shares his name, but he does some lovely work in black and white.
  • ✨ 35mm Film Shootist — Black and whites from Martin Smith’s Leica.
  • πŸ“· 35mmc — Hamish Gill and his crew write about cameras and films and photographic skills
  • πŸ“· Alex Luyckx β€” A dedicated film photographer shares his work. His film reviews are the most useful on the Internet.
  • ✨ Alex Yates Photography — Pinholes, Polaroids, and 35mm.
  • All My Cameras β€” Christoph in Germany and his growing collection. In German and in English.
  • Analog Cafe β€” A group blog of photo essays, reviews, and stories.
  • ✨ Analogue Wonderland — The blog of Analogue Wonderland, a film store in the UK.
  • ✨ Andrew Bartram — Film landscapes of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands in eastern England.
  • ✨ Aragon’s Eye — Chris shares photographs and film-camera reviews.
  • Attempts at 35mm β€” Pekka waxes philosophical about cameras and street photography.
  • Barnaby Nutt β€” Barnaby documents his life with his film camera.
  • Bernard Prunesquallor β€” Essays on many topics, illustrated with film photographs.
  • ✨ πŸ“· Bill Smith’s Photography — Bill shoots 35mm and medium format, and shares in a visual diary format.
  • Broken Camera . Club β€” Mostly reviews of mostly obscure gear.
  • ❀ πŸ“· Camera Go Camera β€” Peggy reviews lots and lots of gear, some of it off-the-wall stuff she bought while living in Japan.
  • Camera Legend β€” Sam collects legendary cameras and writes about using them.
  • Canny Cameras β€” 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.
  • πŸ“· Casual Photophile β€” 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.
  • coronet66 β€” Photos from lots of great film gear from this UK blogger.
  • Curating Cuteness β€” Katie shoots film with a small stable of cameras.
  • πŸ“· EMULSIVE β€” A place for film photographers of all backgrounds to share their knowledge, experience, and thoughts about everything related to film photography.
  • Field Photographer β€” A group blog about gear and adventure with that gear.
  • Filling the Time β€” Karen explores photography and film cameras.
  • Film Advance β€” Gary shares images from his eclectic collection of film cameras.
  • Film Based Traveler — Nicole works in a biomedical research lab by day and shoots film in her spare time.
  • ✨ Film is Back! — Wayne in New Zealand shares his film and film-camera adventures.
  • Film Photography Blog β€” A straightforwardly named blog from the Film Shooters Collective.
  • Film Photography.Blog β€” Film photographs from northeast England.
  • Film Photography Project β€” You gotta include the blog of the FPP gang.
  • ❀ Fogdog Blog β€” John takes his Nikons and his Pentaxes (and sometimes his Leicas) along the northern California coast.
  • For the easily distracted… β€” Rhianne in the UK shoots film, and lots of it.
  • I Still Shoot Film β€” A group blog about all things film.
  • I dream of sumac and milkweed β€” Personal essays and film photographs.
  • Ivan Pilov Photography β€” Film photographs, mostly from Israel.
  • πŸ“· Japan Camera Hunter β€” Bellamy lives in Tokyo and finds lovely old cameras for you. And writes about film photography.
  • John’s Cameras β€” If it can make an image, John Margetts will give it a try and share his experience here.
  • πŸ“· Johnny Martyr β€” Photographing portraits and live music on film.
  • πŸ“· Kosmo Foto β€” Stephen dispels the myths about film: that it’s too hard and too expensive, and breaks film-photography news.
  • Mere Film Photography β€” Shooting film, printing digitally, thinking and writing about the craft.
  • πŸ“· mike eckman dot com β€” Long form histories and reviews, from common cameras to wacky stuff you’ve never heard of.
  • Mostly Monochrome — A photo-a-day blog with a surprising number of color photos given its title.
  • myvintagecamerasblog β€” Experiments with cameras and film.
  • ✨ Natalie Smart Film Photography — A film photographer in Brighton, UK, who shoots 35mm, 120, and instant.
  • North East Liberties β€” Michael shares scenes from the region of Northern Ireland his blog is named after. His specialty is printing.
  • Olli Thomson Photography β€” A career ex-pat who lives all over the world, shooting his film gear and sharing his work.
  • ✨ Photo A Day — Daily film photos shared more or less weekly.
  • Photo-Analogue – Nicholas shares photos from his 20 film cameras and discusses tech and technique.
  • Photo Jottings β€” A lot of film camera tests and reviews.
  • ❀ 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.
  • ✨ πŸ“· Photo Thinking — Theo Panagopolous writes a friendly and informative blog on photography, photo processes and the wonderful and varied cameras used to create pictures.
  • Physical Grain β€” Personal essays, illustrated with film photographs by the authors.
  • Random Camera Blog – Mark shoots frequently with his old cameras and shares the results here.
  • reCap β€” Gear and photographs. A German blog in English.
  • ✨ Richard Haw’s Classic Nikon Repair and Review — What it says on the tin. Extremely informative.
  • Seeing Wide β€” Photo walks and street photography, on film.
  • ❀ short stories — Gerald, amateur photographer, professional misfit.
  • shot on film β€” New images from old cameras.
  • Slow Photography β€” Jordi shares his experiences with gear and technique.
  • ✨ Steel City Snapper — Medium format and 35mm photography from Sheffield, UK.
  • the6millionpman β€” Lots of medium format.
  • TAZM Pictures β€” Tom films everything, and often on actual film.
  • The Resurrected Camera β€” Joe proves that film photography doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • ✨ The Unrecovering Photography Addict — Sam loves everything about photography, from the gear to the process to the result.
  • The Vintage Lens β€” Photos with cameras at least 50 years old.
  • Utah Film Photography β€” Shaun Nelson with vintage gear photographs and reviews.
  • View from the Carrot Room β€” SilverFox moved from the UK to the US and records his life on film.
  • Why Use Film Cameras? β€” 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.

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43 responses to “Film photography blogs you should follow”

  1. Bob G. Avatar
    Bob G.

    The Online Photographer, Mike Johnston

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I follow that blog and enjoy it! I waffled on whether to include it here because he talks about film only occasionally.

  2. karenshootsfilm Avatar

    Thank you for the mention Jim. It makes a really large impact on my site traffic πŸ₯°

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s the whole reason I do this. I’ve somehow built a decent following over the years and I want to send some of my visitors to everyone else’s lovely blogs!

  3. Sam Warner Avatar

    I feel very fortunate and humbled to have been included on this list. There are so many great film photography blogs out there that I’ve learned so much from. Let me just say again how much I love being a part of the film photography community!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m happy I found your blog recently! I hope you get some new readers from this.

  4. retrocrank Avatar

    First, thanks for the shout-out, Jim. Second, thanks for putting up the list. Lots of familiar sites but lots of new places to explore. Great stuff!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Happy exploring!

  5. Art Whitaker Avatar

    Great list Jim, thank you for mentioning my blog.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

  6. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    I appreciate the nod my friend.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Of course!

  7. kevinallan Avatar

    Thanks for the mention, Jim. I look forward to catching up on those blogs in the list which are new to me.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  8. wbsmith200 Avatar

    Thanks for the shout out!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Happy to!

  9. wbsmith200 Avatar

    Thank you for the shout out!

  10. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    You follow my Steel City Snapper blog but it’s not in the list. πŸ˜­πŸ˜€

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      A gross oversight which I have just corrected!!

      1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

        Thank you. My paranoia is now abating. 😊

  11. jon campo Avatar
    jon campo

    Jim, this is a great service to the film community. I drastically reduced the number of blogs I follow as I am in the midst of a major lifestyle downsizing and simplification. I don’t need any more GAS! The few I still follow are on your list except for Dan James’ blog (who doesn’t shoot film anymore).

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I follow too many blogs – it’s hard to keep up. But I hate to say goodbye to any of them in case they post something good!

  12. Olli Thomson Avatar

    Thanks for the mention again Jim. I’m slightly embarrassed given the paucity of my posting over the last couple of months since I started working full time. I also had a disaster with wordpress (or possibly a dodgy plugin) which wiped out my site. So I’m temporarily back at my Adobe Myportfolio site (but with the same address) and blog posts will go to my Medium site until I find the time and patience to get back to WP again.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I knew something was up when I visited your site. Sorry you’re having these challenges! I hope you find time to get it all sorted.

  13. Edward P Richards Avatar

    Don’t forget the Large Format Forum

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Got a link?

  14. 35mm Film Shootist Avatar

    My brain didn’t click at first when I read down your link list, yep know that one, that one, Bellamy’s, Frank, Hamish, Natalie’s, hang on, that’s mine!

    Thank very much for listing my humble site, made my day Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Hope you get some new readers from it!

  15. monettelyan Avatar

    Thank you so much for including my blog on your list. It was your blog that inspired me to start my own.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Wow! I’m pleased! I’m happy to follow your blog.

  16. Photo A Day Avatar

    Excellent. Thanks for the post! I’m liking back to many that you have here. I know people complain about the internet and divides and phones and bemoan the lack of personal contact, but my social network has expanded greatly because of this technology. Looking forward to reading and following all these blogs on the months to come.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I agree, my social network has also expanded thanks to blogging. It’s the social network without all the toxic outrage!

  17. SilverFox Avatar

    Thanks for including my blog in your list Jim, much appreciated :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

  18. nataliesmartfilmphotography Avatar

    Thanks for the mention Jim 😊 It was also great checking out other people’s sites that I didn’t currently follow, so much appreciated πŸ‘

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s the whole point: to drive traffic to these blogs!

  19. Charlotte - 35mm Avatar

    Thanks for the mention, Jim! :) I’ve had a slow year, photography-wise, but I’ve got a roll of film on the way to the developers, so hopefully some new inspiration soon! x

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I look forward to more of your work!

  20. Sam Avatar

    Always an honor to be on your list Jim! Humbled and inspired to do more. However I should say one of the best blogs that should be on this list is β€œDown The Road” and people should know that!!!

  21. Gerald Greenwood Avatar

    It’s really kind of you to mention my website on your list Jim. It’s nice to see my name on a list for a good reason for a change 😊

    There are loads of interesting new blogs to look at. But I’m also surprised me how many I know already, and yet I have no idea how I found them in the first place. Possibly from your list from previous years!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure to include you!

  22. J. Riley Stewart Avatar

    I’ve been shooting film since 1973, mostly 120 and 4×5 these days. I write 2 blogs, one about the craft of shooting/scanning film and the other about the artistic side of photography. Give them a look if interested. (craft) and (art). Hope you enjoy. truly don’t intent this to be a gratuitous plug.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks for the links! I’ll give them a look.

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