Blogosphere, Film Photography

Film photography blogs you should follow

It’s time for my annual list of film photography blogs! 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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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!

If you do see your blog here but think my description misses the mark, go to my About page and send me a message on the contact form. Tell me in up to 25 words what you’d like me to say about your blog. I may edit it but I’ll use it to update this list.

This list has grown a lot since last year — it has 106 entries now, up 29 from last year. Not that long ago, most of the blogs on this list were about vintage film gear. But now, a growing number are about making photographs, and it happens that they are on film. I like this shift toward writing about film photography and not just gear. I think this shows that film photography has become far more alive and well than any of us could have imagined just ten years ago!

You’ll see little emoji next to some blogs:

  • ✨ is a blog that’s new to this year’s list.
  • ❀ is one of the blogs I look forward to most.
  • πŸ“· is a blog that’s part of a little kaffeeklatsch I belong to where we talk about photography and photo blogging.

Also, I’m listing only blogs that have posted recently and post regularly, and have an RSS feed so I can aggregate them into my reader.

  • ✨ 127 Film Photography β€” A blog dedicated to 127 film and cameras, and the major proponent of 127 Day, held annually on July 12th.
  • 35 millimetre β€” Film photographs by Charlotte Davis in the UK.
  • 35mm Chronicle β€” Rob Lowe does some lovely work in black and white.
  • 35mm Film Shootist β€” Black and whites from Martin Smith’s Leica.
  • βœ¨πŸ“· 35mm Retro Photo β€” Vintage gear reviews and photographs from John Hanson.
  • πŸ“· 35mmc β€” 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 from this Norwich, UK-based photographer.
  • All My Cameras β€” Christoph in Germany and his growing collection. In German and in English.
  • ✨ Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley β€” Alyssa loves obscure old cameras, and shoots as many as she finds.
  • Analog Cafe β€” A group blog of photo essays, reviews, and stories.
  • Analogue Wonderland β€” The blog of Analogue Wonderland, a film store in the UK.
  • Andrew Bartram β€” Film landscapes of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands in eastern England.
  • βœ¨πŸ“· Aperture Preview β€” Reviews of vintage film cameras, by Eric Jason.
  • 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.
  • ✨ Between light and shadow, a borderline β€” Roy Karlsvik takes his film cameras with him all over the world in his work as a sailor.
  • πŸ“· Bill Smith’s Photography β€” Bill shoots 35mm and medium format, and shares in a visual diary format.
  • ✨ Blogging a Dead Horse β€” Neil Piper reviews films and gear, and shoots some pinhole as well.
  • 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.
  • πŸ“· 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.
  • ✨ Captured by Film β€” Film photographs on classic film cameras.
  • 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.
  • ✨ Christopher May β€” Christopher shoots both film and digital, but film keeps calling him back.
  • ✨ Colin Devroe β€” Colin writes mostly about technology but also slips in some film photographs along the way.
  • ✨ Daniel Veazy β€” A serious blog by a serious man, mostly about film photography.
  • ✨ Earth Sun Film β€” An exploration of gardening and photography, by Jerome Carter.
  • πŸ“· EMULSIVE β€” A place for film photographers of all backgrounds to share their knowledge, experience, and thoughts about everything related to film photography.
  • 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 Photography Blog β€” A straightforwardly named blog from the Film Shooters Collective.
  • Film Photography.Blog β€” Film photographs from northeast England.
  • ✨ Film Photography London β€” An amateur film photographer in London shares his work.
  • Film Photography Project β€” You gotta include the blog of the FPP gang.
  • ✨ Filmosaur β€” The photographer behind this blog asks us to rise above the oppression of bad photography!
  • ✨ Fireside Five β€” Gretchen shares her photos from her vintage cameras as she lives her life.
  • ❀ 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.
  • ✨ Found Film β€” Simon Hawketts finds old film images and shares them here.
  • ✨ fourohoh β€” Film photographs from the Hawaiian coast.
  • ✨ Going Lomo β€” Dan likes alternative film looks as he photographs the places he visits around the world.
  • ✨ GQGlasgow β€” Film photographs of a life in Glasgow.
  • I dream of sumac and milkweed β€” Personal essays and film photographs.
  • ✨ Island in the Net β€” Film photographs and a lot of beer, from KhΓΌrt Williams.
  • Ivan Pilov Photography β€” Film photographs, mostly from Israel.
  • Japan Camera Hunter β€” Bellamy lives in Tokyo and finds lovely old cameras for you. And writes about film photography.
  • ✨ Joe Van Cleave’s Blog β€” Experimental film photography by Joe Van Cleeve.
  • 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.
  • Katie Shoots Film β€” Katie shoots film all over the world, using a small stable of cameras.
  • πŸ“· Kosmo Foto β€” Stephen dispels the myths about film: that it’s too hard and too expensive, and breaks film-photography news.
  • ✨ Lance King β€” Essays about photography, plus gear and film reviews.
  • ✨ Lily Schwartz Photography β€” Lily is a European documentary photographer who often shoots film.
  • ✨ Marcus Peddle β€” Marcus shoots film all over Korea, where he lives.
  • ✨ Marcy Merrill Photography β€” Film photographs from the person behind the Junk Store Cameras site, one of the longest running film photography sites on the Internet.
  • 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.
  • ✨ My Favourite Lens — Lee shoots vintage lenses on his mirrorless digital cameras as well as his film cameras.
  • myvintagecamerasblog β€” Kathleen experiments with cameras and film.
  • Natalie Smart Film Photography — A film photographer in Brighton, UK, who shoots 35mm, 120, and instant.
  • ✨ Nick Collingwood Vintage — Nick shoots Polaroid and Super 8.
  • North East Liberties β€” Michael shares scenes from the region of Northern Ireland his blog is named after. His specialty is printing.
  • ✨ Now Developing β€” Dylan is a hobbyist photographer who aims to feature good work from the film photography community.
  • Olli Thomson Photography β€” A career ex-pat who lives all over the world, shooting his film gear and sharing his work.
  • ✨ Peter Barker β€” A blog about photography and, sometimes, classic cameras and films.
  • ✨ Peter Barton β€” Peter takes pictures, collects cameras, drinks coffee and travels a little, though not necessarily in that order of preference.
  • 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, from Kurt Munger.
  • ❀ 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 Panagopoulos writes a friendly and informative blog on photography, photo processes and the wonderful and varied cameras used to create pictures.
  • 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, by Monette.
  • ❀ short stories — Gerald, amateur photographer, professional misfit.
  • Slow Photography β€” Jordi shares his experiences with gear and technique.
  • Steel City Snapper β€” Medium format and 35mm photography from Sheffield, UK.
  • ✨ Steven Lawrence Pictures β€” Steve makes film photographs mostsly around Seattle, where he lives.
  • ✨ Street Dances β€” Simon shoots the street, mostly on film.
  • TAZM Pictures β€” Tom films everything, and often on actual film.
  • ✨ Ted Smith Photography β€” Pro photographer who favors film, especially for his personal projects.
  • ✨ TeGieeR β€” Michael Sikorski is a Polish photographer who favors 35mm film.
  • the6millionpman β€” Ed Worthington loves his film TLRs, but is also known to shoot a little 35mm and even Polaroid. He loves Italy and shares a lot of photos from his visits there.
  • ✨ The Glass Aerie β€” Nicole shares her film photographs
  • ✨ The Image Attic β€” Mike Warman shares images from his large archive of negatives.
  • 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 View from the End of the World β€” New Zealander Steve Mitchell shares his film photographs.
  • ✨ The Web Darkroom β€” Andrew Sanderson has made a life in analogue photography, and shares his experience on his blog.
  • ✨ thegashaus β€” Mark has collected about 500 film cameras. He shows them off and puts film through them.
  • The Vintage Lens β€” Tim Jeffers makes photos with cameras at least 50 years old.
  • ✨ Tim Dobbs Photography β€” This Welshman shoots film.
  • ✨ Toivonen Photography β€” Henri in Sweden likes old gear and unusual films. He shares what he’s learned about printing and scanning, too.
  • ✨ ULTRAsomething β€” Gregory Simpson has returned to film, and wants to share his work.
  • ✨ Uncle Jonesey’s Cameras β€” Gear reviews, stories, and images, all about vintage film cameras and the darkroom.
  • ✨ Urban Adventure League β€” Bicycling, geography, history, and film photography.
  • 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 β€” Photos of gear from his extensive collection, mostly Yashicas.

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Last updated on 22 August 2020 by Jim Grey

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58 thoughts on “Film photography blogs you should follow

      • I recently bought two new 300Mb/s 32GB SDHC UHS-II cards. I post a new photo on my website every day.

        I have two 35mm Pentax SLRs loaded with film, but I won’t finish shooting the film rolls for many months. The cost of purchasing and developing these two film rolls is nearly half the cost of the two SD cards. This expense is what keeps me from embracing film the way these dedicated photographers have.

        However, these websites are fun to read, and I think that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

        • “Stay broke, shoot film.”

          Cost is the primary reason I develop and scan my own b/w now.

          Especially as newer film bloggers focus on the work, not the gear, yes, it is a lot of fun to follow these sites!

      • It’s dreadfully expensive here: $20 just for a roll of film, and as for sending it out to develop or investing in that equipment (again) … That’s why digital works so well for my circumstances.

  1. Thanks for including me in the list, Jim. Quite an honour. I haven’t posted anything for almost a month, but you inspired me to write something this evening.
    I’m looking forward to going through the list to see what others are up to. Thanks for making it!

  2. Thanks Jim. Appreciate the mention. πŸ‘

    I admit I much prefer blogs about photography, and the results obtained, over gear or technique specific posts. I’ve read a few blogs and watched YouTube videos that review a camera and then don’t show any of the photographs they made with it, and they always feel somewhat unfulfilling, a bit like reading the manual for a camera you don’t own. Gear reviews which include the resulting photographs – such as the ones you post – are always preferable IMO.

    • I like gear, but I want the blog to be a little more about photography. So heck yeah I want to share photos from the cameras! What’s the point of a camera if you can’t shoot it?

    • Thanks for the correction — I updated the list! I’ve so far resisted going down the YouTube rabbit hole for film photography. Keeping up with 100+ blogs takes up enough of my time!

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  5. Joseph Rockne says:

    Thank you. I grew frustrated with my blog. My photos were loading too slow. I crashed and shut it down. I miss it. This has been inspiring. I’ll start a new one.

  6. Thanks so much for including me and the heart, I heart you too :-) During COVID times I thought I would struggle to post stuff, but luckily I live in an area with nice walks. Though, I am now at the end of my cameras to test, I think 5 more, so the rest might be photos from cameras I own :-)

  7. Hi Jim! Thanks for adding EarthSunFilm.com to your blog list! Also, thanks for giving me more blogs to explore!

    EarthSunFilm exists because of a series of fortuitous events. I couldn’t grow a decent lawn, so in 2014, I decided to plant flowers. I couldn’t get a decent shot of the lunar eclipse of January 2019 with my phone, so I decided I needed a camera. And by 2019, after years of the flower garden doing so-so, it began to look how I had imagined it, so I decided to take pictures of it. I had wanted an AF Minolta 7000i for years, and engaging in much delayed wish fulfillment, I bought one a few weeks after the eclipse. After, snapping my flowers, I took the camera around the city, now having become fascinated by the idea capturing stories in picture form (Through the Viewfinder– https://earthsunfilm.com/category/through-the-viewfinder/).

    About a month or so after buying the 7000i, I discovered Minolta no longer existed and went on a quest to find out what happened. Searching back through Minolta’s bittersweet history inspired me to start the Vintage Minolta Love Project (https://earthsunfilm.com/the-vintage-minolta-love-project-shooting-every-slr-from-the-sr-2-to-the-maxxum-5d/), which is just me enjoying shooting every Minolta SLR from 1958-2006β€”GAS justified by the need to do historical research.

    Looking forward to hearing more about the National Road, I lived a block or so from it in Ohio.

  8. Ah man Jim, deeply honored to be on your annual list and even more flattered to see that red heart! Thank you!! You inspire me more than I inspire myself :-)

    Sorry I didn’t see this right away, I’ve been concentrating on building content on the YouTube channel. I know the blog is suffering at the same time but it will catch up. I think Down The Road should be the top site on this list honestly because you write in a style that’s different from anyone else!

    Appreciate the mention and inspired by it! My friend, a big THANKS!!

  9. Thank you very much that I still made on this great list. As I only bought one camera this year and therefore only wrote one post, I’ll promise to do better to prove my worthiness again to be included here. (Meaning I’ll be hunting the flew markets if Berlin tomorrow. Don’t tell my wife)

  10. Hi Jim. Thank you, this is a fantastic list. I’ve already checked out a few of them that I hadn’t heard of before. Still a lot left to dig into also!

    On that note, I wonder if my site would make a worthy addition to the list? I have some film stock reviews, some film camera reviews, and of course quite a few posts showing the photographs I made with those films and cameras.

    It’s at http://www.myfavouritelens.com if you wanted to take a look.

    Thanks again!

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