Analog Photography: How to Shoot Film in 5 Simple Steps

Start shooting film tomorrow with the help of your photography professional.
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Start shooting with still photography film in 5 simple steps through this over 1-hour course. In this gentle introduction to film photography you'll learn about:

  • Film Camera Types
  • Film Formats
  • Film Types
  • Film ISOs
  • Tips & Tricks for loading your first few rolls of film

The goal of this course is to demystify the idea and concept of shooting film, as many photographers today are familiar with only a digital format. Increasing your exposure to this exciting medium of photography will enhance your understanding of photographic principles, inspire you to try and see new things, and broaden your photography education.

You should take this course if:

  • You have a passion for photography
  • You're interested in starting to shoot film
  • You've been too anxious to give film a go on your own

With this course you'll have access to over 45-minutes of teaching content, and downloadable lesson guides, assignment, and activity PDFs. Plus, an online learning community to ask questions, share photos, and leave comments for other students and the instructor to engage with you.

Estimated time to complete course lectures and assignments is 3+ hours. This does not include film processing and development time.

What are the requirements?

  • Working knowledge of photography basics is helpful

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the different types of film
  • Identify different film formats
  • Load a roll of 35mm film
  • Choose the appropriate camera for the format of film they wish to shoot

Who is the target audience?

  • Digital photographers looking to return to photo fundamentals
  • Pro photographers looking for a little analog inspiration
  • College-level photography students

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and Film Cameras

Welcome to the course! In this lesson I'll provide an overview of where we're going and what we'll be learning about film photography.


In this lesson on film cameras, we'll explore the various types of cameras available to shoot with film. You'll see the different types of cameras, as well as unique aspects of each type.

1 question

First quiz of the course on film cameras.

Section 2: Film Components

During this lesson on film formats I'll go over the different sizes of film and what cameras accept each size. I'll also give you advantages and disadvantages of each type.


While exploring film types, we'll learn about the different kinds of film available, including: color positive, color negative, black and white, and color process black and white.


ISOs are explored in relation to how they affect your film selection and shooting.

4 questions

The second course quiz on film formats, types, and ISOs.

Section 3: Loading Film and Closing

Film loading can be tricky your first few times, so in this lesson I provide a few tips and tricks to help you get started.


A final lesson, reviewing what we've learned, along with a resource download to get you going shooting film.

1 question

A final quiz on film loading.

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Instructor Biography

Christine Smith, Professional Photographer & Instructor

Trained in journalism at the undergraduate level, Christine has worked in the photography industry for over ten years. In 2006, she and her husband opened their own wedding and portrait business. They have been serving wedding, portrait, and corporate clients ever since.

Christine began teaching photography in 2007, and specializes in communicating complex or technical information in relatable terms for the non-professional to individuals or groups.

Christine's photography clients describe her style as: emotional, intimate, and classic.

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