I'm just getting into film and picked up a couple of toy cameras the other week. I decided to start with lomography because I think a lot of the beauty is in the light leaks and other imperfections. I just shot my first test roll of film and got it developed and printed.
Left: commute to work | Middle: day in SF | Right: commute homeWaiting to get prints back is like waiting for Christmas morning! I had a lot of fun with this and really like how some of the images came out.
Getting this one roll of film developed and printed cost ~$19. I would really like to explore this more, but this could get pricey pretty quickly. I looked into negative scanners and ended up buying one because it had a 4.5 star rating and was under $100.
I scanned my negatives and noticed a lot of variance in how they were scanning. Here's an example with one of the images from above. Comparing all of these, the print version is my favorite.
Even though the negative scanner didn't produce my favorite images, I did like that it allowed me more control over the framing of my images, and it allowed me to create some unique images that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.
I'm just getting started and I have a bunch of questions:
- Do you have any tips/tricks/hacks for shooting film on a budget?
- Would love to hear your experience with negative scanners. Did I make a crappy impulse buy? Am I using it wrong? Is there one that you like that is tried & true?
- Are there services online that you like where you can mail film in to get it developed? If you've used any of these services, I'd love to hear about your experience.
Please feel free to share any other tips you think may be useful!