Film photography blogs you should follow

It’s time for my annual list of film photography blogs! One of the best things about film photography today is the community of people who enjoy everything about it: gear, films, shooting, photographs. Lots of us share our adventures on our blogs.

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I was sad to remove 15 blogs from this list this year. A few of them no longer exist, and most of the rest have gone fallow. But I added an equal number of new or new-to-me blogs this year, keeping the list at 104 total blogs.

In this list’s first several years, most of the blogs were about vintage film gear. But over the last few years more and more new blogs are about making film photographs. 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 even 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. Keep it to one or two brief sentences. I’ll edit what you send me for length and clarity, and update this post with it.

Here’s what it takes for a blog to make this list:

  • I have to know about it. (Duh.)
  • Film photography and/or film gear is one of the blog’s subjects, or the blog features primarily film photographs to illustrate the blog’s subject(s).
  • The author posts at least a few times a year.
  • It has an RSS feed so people can follow it with a feed reader.
  • It accepts comments, which helps build this community.

And now, the list! You’ll see πŸ’₯ next to blogs that are new on this year’s list, or have returned after being inactive.

  • 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 Shootist β€” Black and whites from Martin Smith’s Leica.
  • 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.
  • A Life in Photography β€” Dave is a longtime professional photographer who reflects on his career and on photography. He shoots digital now, but frequently shares his film work.
  • Alex Burke Photography β€” Alex likes to see the world through the lens of a large-format camera. He does stunning work.
  • 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.
  • Aly’s Vintage Camera Alley β€” Alyssa loves obscure old cameras, and shoots as many as she finds.
  • πŸ’₯ Analog anecdotes β€” Analog photography and storytelling.
  • πŸ’₯ Analog.Cafe β€” Outstanding, comprehensive reviews and technical deep dives in film photography.
  • 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.
  • arhphotographic β€” arh shares his work and gear reviews.
  • Barnaby Nutt β€” Barnaby documents his life with his film camera.
  • Bikes and FIlm Cameras Club β€” Shawn is an artist and film photographer and a dedicated three-speed bicycle rider who seeks ways to combine his two loves.
  • Bill Smith’s Photography β€” Bill shoots 35mm and medium format, and shares in a visual diary format.
  • πŸ’₯ Blog – Mat Marrash β€” The occasional writings of this Ohio-based film photographer.
  • Broken Camera . Club β€” Mostly reviews of mostly obscure gear.
  • 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.
  • πŸ’₯ Captured by Film β€” A longtime film-photography blog, back on this list after a hiatus.
  • 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.
  • Coronet66 β€” Film and digital photography, vintage cameras, travel, music.
  • πŸ’₯ davidde.com β€” Reviews of classic film cameras.
  • πŸ’₯ Dmitriy B. β€” Film photographs from his extensive travels.
  • Dusty Negatives β€” Jeremy talks about cameras, film, gear, and techniques, and tells stories that shed insight into the art of film photography.
  • Earth Sun Film β€” An exploration of gardening and photography, by Jerome Carter.
  • EMULSIVE β€” A place for film photographers of all backgrounds to share their knowledge, experience, and thoughts about everything related to film photography.
  • πŸ’₯ Everything Vintage β€” Simon looks at vintage technologies, including film cameras.
  • Film Advance β€” Gary shares images from his eclectic collection of film cameras.
  • πŸ’₯ Film Photography Blog β€” A collaborative blog from the Film Shooters Collective.
  • Film Photography Project β€” You gotta include the blog of the FPP gang.
  • Fine Film Days β€” A young woman who travels with her film cameras.
  • πŸ’₯FogBlog β€” Herman’s log of his film photography and other adventures.
  • Fogdog Blog β€” John takes his Nikons and his Pentaxes (and sometimes his Leicas) along the northern California coast.
  • fourohoh β€” Film photographs from the Hawaiian coast.
  • Fup Duck Photography β€” A fellow who shares his experience shooting film, with occasional gear reviews.
  • 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.
  • Histoires de Photos β€” A professional film photographer in Lille, France, shares his work. In French, but Google Translate can solve that for you tout de suite.
  • Island in the Net β€” KhΓΌrt shoots both film and digital and shares his work.
  • 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, and typewriters, by Joe Van Cleeve.
  • John’s Old Camera Collection β€” If it can make an image, John Margetts will give it a try and share his experience here.
  • Journeys in Film β€” Matt publishes lovely film photographs, and tells stories about the places they represent.
  • Katie Shoots Film β€” Katie shoots film all over the world, using a small stable of cameras.
  • Keith Cartmell Photography β€” Keith picked up his first film camera in 2016 and shares his experiences as he keeps shooting.
  • kevinthephotographer β€” Kevin is an amateur photographer from Newcastle upon Tyne who shares location guides to places I’ve photographed, hints and tips for beginners, and other stuff.
  • Kosmo Foto β€” Stephen dispels the myths about film: that it’s too hard and too expensive, and breaks film-photography news.
  • πŸ’₯ Lilly Schwartz Photography & Art β€” Lilly is a European documentary photogrpaher and artist.
  • Marcus Peddle β€” Marcus shoots film all over Korea, where he lives.
  • πŸ’₯ Matthew Fickinger Photography β€” Occasional log of a film photographer.
  • Mere Film Photography β€” Shooting film, printing digitally, thinking and writing about the craft.
  • mike eckman dot com β€” Long form histories and reviews, from common cameras to wacky stuff you’ve never heard of.
  • Mostly Film Photography β€” Film and digital photography, technology, travel, and other things that interest Christian.
  • Mostly Monochrome β€” A photo-a-day blog with a surprising number of color photos given its title.
  • My Favourite Lens β€” Lee shoots vintage lenses on his mirrorless digital cameras as well as his film cameras.
  • My Journey Into Photography β€” Jim shares his images and thoughts on the cameras he has come to know and enjoy, and maybe one or two he didn’t get along with.
  • myvintagecamerasblog β€” Kathleen experiments with cameras and film.
  • πŸ’₯ Nick Collingwood Vintage β€” Nick is a wedding photographer who also uses film.
  • 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.
  • πŸ’₯ Peter Barker β€” UK film photogrpaher who can also tell a good tale.
  • peterdbarton.com β€” He takes pictures, collects cameras, drinks coffee, and travels a little.
  • 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.
  • Photographer’s log β€” Viktor, native to Ukraine, writes about his experience with photography, especially film, and shares his photographs.
  • 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 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.
  • S.H.O.U.T. β€” Andy in the UK shares his analog adventures.
  • Seeing Wide β€” Photo walks and street photography, on film, by Monette.
  • πŸ’₯ Shoot Film, Ride Steel β€” Adventures with film, bikes, trains, and back roads.
  • Shoot With Personality β€” A pro photographer shares any aspect of his life that was captured on film.
  • Sigg Photography β€” Daniel writes a general photography blog that is more about the craft of photography, but many of the images are on 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.
  • πŸ’₯ Ted Smith Photography β€” UK wedding photographer who also shoots film.
  • TeGieeR β€” Michael Sikorski is a Polish photographer who favors 35mm film.
  • The Daily Lumenbox β€” Sonny loves lo-fi imagery, and shoots a lot of film in his Lumenbox camera. He also shoots more traditional film cameras.
  • The Resurrected Camera β€” Joe proves that film photography doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • The Thoughts & Photographs of Johnny Martyr β€” Thoughtful essays about film photography.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Victoria’s Light β€” A general photography blog with a slant towards film.

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Comments

57 responses to “Film photography blogs you should follow”

  1. matt Avatar
    matt

    Thanks for this, Jim. I had no idea Mat Marrash had a blog. I’ll have to dig into this list.
    I also appreciate your keeping mine around — especially as I’ve flirted with going film-fallow this past year as well.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Always my pleasure, Matt. I stumbled upon Mat’s blog while researching for this post this year – I didn’t know either! As for your blog, I figure anyone who publishes at least a few times a year and film is in the mix somewhere gets to stay on this list.

      1. matt Avatar
        matt

        Well, I do appreciate your including me.
        We’ve had a busy summer here and a lot of my posts are scheduled far out in advance so I can maintain the schedule even while traveling… but I’ve picked up a couple of new cameras that’ve greatly reinvigorated my film output. I’m sure I’ll write about them soon… ish.

  2. Greg Clawson Avatar
    Greg Clawson

    Thanks for the list Jim! I foresee many enjoyable hours will be spent on these blogs.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re most welcome!

  3. KhΓΌrt Williams Avatar

    I am honoured that I made the list, Jim. I will continue my cadence of shooting black and white 35mm film in late fall and winter and switching to digital colour in the spring and summer.

    A few of them no longer exist, and most of the rest have gone fallow.

    It’s not just film photography blogs that have gone dead. I ran a Python script to do some “summer cleaning” on the OPML file of my RSS feeds. 45 websites no longer exist out of the 440 I had.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, we’re in the post-blogging era for sure.

  4. sonny rosenberg Avatar

    Yay! I always so look forward to this list, and by the way, thank you for your continuing contributions to the online photographic community. You really make an important and positive impact with what you do.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I really am trying to build the community, at least in small ways like this!

  5. Jerome Avatar

    Jim, thanks for all the work you do in maintaining this list. Also, thanks for including my blog.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome, and you’re welcome!

  6. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    Thanks for the mention again, but the link is to my old website. I’m now at https://marcuspeddlenet.wordpress.com/.
    I’m glad to see Fogblog added to the list. He doesn’t post that often, but his writing is interesting and unique. I’m looking forward to having a look at the other new additions and becoming reacquainted with some others.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      (smacks self on forehead) Sorry about that – I fixed it. I just found Fogblog two weeks ago and am happy to include it.

      1. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

        Thanks much-o.

  7. JR Smith Avatar

    Thank you for including my little corner of the blog-o-sphere.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re most welcome!

  8. Suzassippi Avatar

    I have been following Andy at Urban Decay for years–I cannot get enough of his images. My bucket list would include renting a huge industrial space (somewhat dilapidated of course) and showing his work…and then living in the space afterward with the super-sized images.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m sure he would be honored!

      1. Kodachromeguy Avatar

        Oh oh, she is much too kind. Rather than ship boxes of prints to my new home in the Pacific NE, maybe I will ship them to Suzassippi’s house instead. I’ll miss all the good southern Decay topics.

  9. Dave Jenkins Avatar

    Jim, thanks for including my blog again. Probably at least half the photos I post originated on film. I’m sorry to see that you didn’t include my favorite film blog: https://onlinedarkroom.blogspot.com/. Bruce had a long hiatus, but he’s posting more frequently now and his photos and commentary are always interesting.

    1. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

      I agree with Dave that Bruce’s blog is very well done and interesting. As is Dave’s.

  10. Joe Van Cleave Avatar
    Joe Van Cleave

    Thank you for the mention!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

  11. Bob Avatar
    Bob

    Have you considered St-Cyr Atelier … https://stcyrphoto.blogspot.com/

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I didn’t know about that one! I’ll add it to my feed reader.

  12. Francis Bradley Avatar

    Thanks for the list Jim, plenty of ideas and inspiration in those 104 blogs as I develop mine

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Let me know when yours is ready and I’ll follow it!

  13. Dion B Avatar

    Thank you again for including fourohoh in your annual list. I was surprised to see an increase in my subscribers until I realized it was the annual Jim Grey bump. All the best to you.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Always my pleasure!

  14. Dmitri Avatar

    Thank you for the kind mention, and for maintaining this list, Jim! I’ve got some reading to do. πŸ˜…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My pleasure!

    2. Richard Patterson Avatar
      Richard Patterson

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for the list.
      You may want to take a look at dustygrain.com
      Regards
      Richard

      1. Jim Grey Avatar

        Thanks for the link – I’ve added it to my reader.

  15. arhphotographic Avatar
    arhphotographic

    I am grateful and humbled 😌 thank you

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re most welcome!

  16. Julian Tanase Avatar

    Jim, excellent list and a lot of time enjoying good photography will be spent in the future :) . May I kindly ask you to have a quick look in here (http://www.juliantanase.com), perhaps you’ll find something worthy of your time ? Thank you !

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Hi Julian! I’ve added your blog to my reader. Thanks for sharing it!

  17. Andrew Bearman Avatar
    Andrew Bearman

    great list…I recommend including Mike Johnston’s The Online Photographer https://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Andrew – I love Mike’s blog but decided long ago not to feature it on my list. He does write about film photography, but so infrequently as a proportion of his large volume of daily posts that it’s not a match for what I’m trying to do with this list.

  18. timdobbsphotography Avatar

    A most excellent list …. thank you for including my blog Sir

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome!

  19. Katie Yang Avatar

    Always excited to find new blogs to follow off your list; always honored to be on it! :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome, and you’re welcome!

  20. Troy Johnson Avatar

    Jim, Thank you for this list. What a great gift for us film photographers! Just randomly clicking through those blogs unknown to me has led to a few that I will read regularly.
    Here is one more for consideration:
    https://www.erinandtroy.com/

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks for the link! I’ll add it to my reader.

  21. lasousa2015 Avatar

    Thank you Jim. I appreciate it. Louis (Victoria’s Light)….

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Most welcome!

  22. Molly Avatar
    Molly

    Does Shoot It With Film meet the criteria? It’s a great blog!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It does! I knew about this blog but it must not have had comments or RSS at some point in the past. It does now! https://shootitwithfilm.com/ for those who want to follow along.

      1. Molly Kate Avatar
  23. kennethwajda Avatar
    kennethwajda

    Your list is my go-to, Jim. Thanks for it. And for including mine! Here’s to good light!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re welcome, and you’re welcome!

  24. Ian Whitney Avatar

    Inspired me to finish up my own site, if you’d like to add it. https://photos.ianwhitney.com/ Thanks!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve added your blog to my reader!

  25. Wendy Avatar

    You’ve inspired me to get back to my blog! https://filmroadtrip.com/ I’ve got a few trips coming up so I’ll have more content, and your list will give me reading material for all those plane rides! Thanks!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Excellent, my nefarious plan is working! :-)

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