What you need to start shooting film
a list of products, resources, and education to get you started shooting film today.
35mm Camera: Inexpensive
An inexpensive 35mm camera option for beginners.
35mm Camera: Mid-Price
The 35mm camera I use often (and love). Don’t get the G1 option as the focusing isn’t nearly as good. Example image linked here taken with G2 and TriX400 film.
35mm Camera: Largest Investment
If you have the budget, you have to consider the Leica M6. It’s one of the best 35mm cameras.
Favorite Medium-Size Camera Bag
Just grabbed this one myself (finally). Incredible design, easily carry different amounts of gear, hold it different ways to fit your comfort. And you can even attach your camera to the outside for super quick access.
Black and White 35mm Film
Highly recommend starting with this film stock for black and white. I still use it for 70% or more of my BW film images.
Color 35mm Film
My favorite film stock, and the color film you should begin with!
Beginner’s Guide to Film
Need a little extra help in understanding film? Grab this guide!
Handheld Light Meter
Looking for a great way to improve your work and get consistent exposures? Start using the same handheld light meter I do!
Field Pouch Bag
Small organizer to carry your film camera + film.
Best Business Tools
The business (and some personal life!) tools that I couldn’t live without.
• Easily send, receive, and keep track of business invoices.
• Connect to QuickBooks to auto. keep track of all payments.
• Keep client folders with notes, workflows, attachments, etc.
• Save tons of $ on new photo gear.
• Free Shipping + Included Taxes on pricing.
• Comes with all warranties, receipts, etc.
• I always use this when buying larger new purchases. Used for both Canon R6’s and saved $400-500 on these combined purchases.
• The easiest way to keep track of all expenses, incoming payments, overdue or upcoming invoices, etc.
• Easy to use Reports that I send directly to my Accountants + Tax Assistants.
• Syncs with many different business platforms including: Etsy, 17Hats, PayPal, Amazon Business, Square, Shopify, and more.