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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This list has shrunk a little since last year, by five, to 101 entries. Yet 16 blogs are new to the list this year, meaning that 21 blogs from last year’s list stopped updating. This list has done nothing but grow each year since I first created it — could the pandemic have cooled off people’s blogging?

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!

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.

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 list 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.
  • πŸ“· 35mmc β€” Hamish Gill and his crew write about cameras and films and photographic skills
  • ✨ 6×6 Portraits β€” Kenneth Wajda shares his excellent work and writes essays about photography.
  • πŸ“· Alex Luyckx β€” A dedicated film photographer shares his work. His film reviews are the most useful on the Internet.
  • All My Cameras β€” Christoph in Germany and his growing collection. In German and in English.
  • πŸ“· 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.
  • πŸ“· Aperture Preview β€” Reviews of vintage film cameras, by Eric Jason.
  • Aragon’s Eye β€” Chris shares photographs and film-camera reviews.
  • ✨ arhphotographic β€” arh shares his work and gear reviews.
  • 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 β€” 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.
  • 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.
  • ❀ 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.
  • Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris and Carol β€” Photos of gear from their extensive collection, mostly Yashicas.
  • Christopher May β€” Christopher shoots both film and digital, but film keeps calling him back.
  • ❀ 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.
  • 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.
  • FilmPhotography.Blog β€” Film photographs from northeast England.
  • 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.
  • 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 Old 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.
  • ✨ Journeys in Film β€” Matt publishes lovely film photographs, and tells stories about the places they represent.
  • ✨ Junk Store Cameras β€” The blog of one of the longest-tenured film-camera sites on the Internet.
  • ❀ 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.
  • 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.
  • Mere Film Photography β€” Shooting film, printing digitally, thinking and writing about the craft.
  • ✨ Michael Elliott Photography β€” Michael shoots film in part because it makes him more deliberate.
  • 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.
  • ✨ Old Nikons and Other Photographic Items β€” Wes writes primarily about Nikon rangefinder cameras.
  • ✨ Outside the Shot β€” Nathaniel writes about classic gear.
  • 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.
  • πŸ“· Photo Thinking β€” Theo Panagopoulos writes a friendly and informative blog on photography, photo processes and the wonderful and varied cameras used to create pictures.
  • Photo-Analogue β€” Nicholas shares photos from his 20 film cameras and discusses tech and technique.
  • ❀ Photography and Vintage Cameras β€” Mike does great work with his old cameras, especially in black and white. He can make an old folder or box camera really sing.
  • Rambling Camera β€” Lance King with essays about film photography, plus gear reviews.
  • ✨ Rambling Polymath β€” Tobias tells stories, regardless of whether they are told with a camera, a pen, a blog or in the newspaper.
  • Random Camera Blog β€” 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 β€” What it says on the tin. Extremely informative.
  • Rick on Film β€” Rick Scheibner chronicles his film photography journey, including his best work right along with mistakes made in this medium, all with the goal of showing growth along the way.
  • ✨ S.H.O.U.T. β€” Andy in the UK shares his analog adventures.
  • ✨ Sasha Krasnov Sasha reviews gear and writes about artists.
  • Seeing Wide β€” Photo walks and street photography, on film, by Monette.
  • ✨ Shoot With Personality β€” A combination personal and pro blog by a photographer who shoots film.
  • 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.
  • ✨ Studio C-41 β€” A group blog about film photography, including breaking film news.
  • 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.
  • ✨ the carrot room β€” Nigel and his film cameras, mostly VoigtlΓ€nders.
  • The Glass Aerie β€” Nicole shares her film photographs
  • 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 Vintage Lens β€” Tim Jeffers makes photos with cameras at least 50 years old.
  • thegashaus β€” Mark has collected about 500 film cameras. He shows them off and puts film through them.
  • ✨ This Old Camera β€” Lots of gear reviews.
  • 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.
  • ✨ Urban Decay β€” Andrew shoots dilapidation he finds in Mississippi and surrounding states, mostly on film.
  • Utah Film Photography β€” Shaun Nelson with vintage gear photographs and reviews.
  • ✨ Vintage Camera Lenses β€” Reviews of old lenses.
  • Why Use Film Cameras? β€” Frank in Luxembourg shoots film, proving every day that it’s not as expensive as you think.

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37 responses to “Film photography blogs you should follow”

  1. Steve Mitchell Avatar

    I always look forward to your list, thanks again for the mention :)

    1. Michael McNeill Avatar

      Wow that’s a big list! Thanks for sharing this, Jim – there are always some I haven’t come across. And thanks for the nod.

      1. David Avatar

        I was surprised and delighted to see ULTRAsomething on this list. I thoroughly enjoy his thoughts and writing style.

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

      1. Jim Grey Avatar

        Here’s hoping it sends new readers your way!

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Always love this, a valuable resource! —–T

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome!

  3. arhphotographic Avatar

    Thank you for highlighting these great resources for film photography. So encouraging to see there is a thriving community.
    And thank you for the mention, I’m humbledπŸ˜”

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Happy to include your blog!

  4. matt Avatar

    Matt’s the name of the guy behind journeys in film; and I’m humbled by your description and your including me. Thanks for the mention, and the list; I’m going to check these all out now.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I updated your blog’s description to include your name! Also: checking all of these out will keep you busy for a while.

      1. matt Avatar

        It will indeed, and I’m looking forward to it.

  5. Alyssa Avatar

    Thanks for including me. You forgot to put the little camera next to my name though lol I’m part of that Kaffeeklasch too

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oops! Fixed!

  6. Jerome Avatar

    Jim, thanks for the list! This will keep me busy for a while. Also very happy to see the ❀️ beside EarthSunFilm!!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My annual list keeps lots of photographers off the streets for a while! It takes a long time to check out the whole list!

  7. Dion Balisacan Avatar

    Thank you for including fourohoh on your prestigious list. Looking forward to checking out the new sites mentioned.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Of course!

  8. KhΓΌrt Williams Avatar

    Hi Jim, this list is an excellent source of new blogs to follow. Thank you for posting this.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome!

  9. Ssm Warner Avatar

    I need to be more active, but my blog is

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You were on last year’s list, but I wasn’t sure you were still updating your blog. If you get back to it, you’ll make next year’s list!

  10. Avatar

    I always look forward to seeing what I find on your blog choices. Thanks for including mine this year, too. Very cool.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Hopefully you get a few new readers!

  11. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    More photography links for my Bookmarks Bar. Thanks as always for posting these great lists. And thank you for updating my website address. The old one expires in a few days.
    Going through this list has inspired me to put my new 28mm lens on my Minolta X700 and practise with it. I bought the lens in June but haven’t used it yet. The shame, the shame . . . .

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Excellent, my nefarious plan is working!

  12. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    I am always honored to be listed here. Thank you.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

  13. Sam Avatar

    Always an honor to find me on this list Jim! I will continue to try and uphold the high standards you’ve set for camera reviews! πŸ˜ŽπŸ“ΈπŸ‘πŸ»

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      See that you do!!!! ;-)

      1. Sam Avatar

        Will do Sir! Getting me a new scanner and well cameras, I got the cameras ready for this! πŸ˜ŽπŸ“ΈπŸ‘πŸ»

  14. NigelH Avatar

    Thanks for the inclusion of my new blog (wasn’t sure I would make your list this year). I have new posts pending some scans before i publish so should have something new for you to see.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You posted a couple times in 2021 so you are in!

  15. Katie Yang Avatar

    Sorry that I’m a bit late to party – thank you for the inclusion, Jim. So excited to add new blogs to my reading list!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

  16. sonny rosenberg Avatar

    Hi Jim, I just started a new blog, The Daily Lumenbox. There’s not much there yet but I hope to add to it daily. Would you consider adding it to your blogs list?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve added your blog to my reader. When I next update this list, your blog will appear on it! I generally do it once a year in about August.

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