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Exposure Reference Sheets
Learn how to use our exposure reference sheets to get the most out of your images.
Get all of our latest tips on shooting film.
Find answers to all of our most commonly asked questions.
365 Day Film Challenge
New to shooting film? 35mm film is one of the best ways to get started. And the 365 Day Film Challenge—along with Everyday 35mm—can help you grow.
5 Tips for Consistent Metering
After hundreds of thousands of rolls, we have learned that keeping metering simple is your best bet for consistent, accurate exposures.
5 Tips for Tack-Sharp Images
As a photographer, you know your clients want to look good! Step one to looking good? Be in focus!
All About File Size
Today we’re checking out Resolution’s cute cousin—File Size.
Base Fog—How to Spot It and How to Correct It
This week we’re diving into two words no photographer ever wants to hear—base fog. That’s right, the thief of contrast and magnifier of grain—base fog.
Bracketing mode can lead to some major headaches. We're discussing what it is and how to avoid it!
Our History Through the Eyes of Our Founder, Donna Wood
Join us in this quick walk down memory lane.
Read Your Camera Manual
What better way to truly know your gear than by reading your camera’s manual? Don't have your manual? Don't worry, we've got you covered!
Camera Repair Shops
Who do you turn to when your film camera breaks? We got you. Here are some trusted shops we’ve heard good things about from the film community:
Dealing with Sun Flare
While sun flare can lend a beautiful, warm look to your images, sometimes you don't want the lifted shadows, lack of contrast or slightly orange tint.
The Exposure Triangle
Learn how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together in direct correlation to create an image.
Families on Film
Learn Feather and Twine's top tips for photographing families on film!
Getting started with 35mm film in 5 steps
New to shooting film? 35mm film photography is one of the best ways to get started. It is both accessible and affordable.
Getting Started with PhotoVision
Sending your first roll to a film doesn't have to be scary! Here’s what you need to know.
How Side-by-Sides Can Help You Hone in Your Film Scans
Written feedback can be tricky to decipher. Side-by-sides is the best way to communicate with us when something is "off".
How to Level Up with Prints
Sending prints to your clients may sound like a small gesture, but this simple step can help your work shine and take your business to the next level!
How to Plan a Creative Photoshoot on Film
Rodney Brown is comin' in hot with inspiration + tips to plan your own creative photoshoot on film.
How to Properly Store Film Negatives
In a digital era, when images can get lost or deteriorate in quality, storing your art in its pure, tangible form is the ultimate backup!
How to Read Light
Learning to read light is critical to the success of your photography, but it doesn’t have to be complicated!
How to Read your Exposure Reference Sheets
Our exclusive Exposure Reference Sheets are the ultimate tool waiting for you in your inbox. Learn how to read them and use them as a tool to grow in your art.
How to See Your Film Scans Sooner
As the busy season ramps up, we expect our service times to increase. Here are our top tips to ensure your order moves through the lab as quickly as possible:
How to Send Us Your Film
Your film is precious cargo! Ship safe + smart with these tips.
How to Shoot a Double Exposure on Film
We're demystifying the process of double exposures with film photographer Brian D. Smith.
How to Shoot a Self Portrait on Film
No remote release? No problem! Nephy and Santhosh Joseph of SNJ Moments share how to shoot a self portrait with a film camera.
How to Shoot Ektar
Matt Santomarco shares his top tips for creating dynamic imagery with this jaw-dropping film stock.
How to Shoot Film Indoors
How do you shoot film indoors? We hear this question a lot! Here are our top tips to avoid turning your beautiful shoot into a high-contrast mess.
How to Shoot Film Underwater
Carl Fehres shares his tips for making magic underwater on film!
How to Shoot Landscapes on Film
The Colorblind Cowboy and Jake Williams share their top tips with us for capturing a dreamy landscape on film!
How to Store Film
Film is sensitive to light, temperature and humidity. Keep those precocious rolls protected by storing them in the right place!
How to Talk to Your Film Lab
Don't be intimidated! We're here to help. Learn the most effective ways to communicate with your film lab.
How to Use Box.com
Here are 5 things you need to know when using Box.com.
Identify Camera Issues with Exposure Reference Sheets
Light leaks, sticky shutter, base fog—learn how to identify top camera issues through your Exposure Reference Sheets.
Adding Film to Your Wedding Package
Interested in shooting more film at weddings? This tip is for you!
Love Letters from Our Photographers
Learn why film photographers trust us with their film and choose us as an important part of their team.
Noritsu + Frontier
Noritsu + Frontier scanners! How do they compare? What are these scanners’ respective strengths? Let’s break it down.
Order-specific references can help you get scans that best match your vision!
Own Your Superpower
Wedding photographer Mylyn Wood is here to spill the tea on owning your superpower (hint: it's already within you)!
Kallie's Perspective from the Lab
Kallie is a multi-media photographer and Scanning Tech! Kallie joined our Team this Winter and offers a unique perspective on the lab!
Rating Portra Film
Exploring Portra400 + Portra800's latitude through exposure ramps.
Rule of Thirds
The Rule of Thirds is a helpful compositional guide. As with any rule, it really is meant to be broken.
The question on everybody’s mind: “Hey PhotoVision, why is your service time 2 weeks plus?”
Shooting Receptions on Film
Our friend Kati Rosado is sharing her top tips for photographing reception decor.
Single Use Cameras
Here are our top tips for getting the most out of these easy-to-use disposable camera bodies!
Testing Portra400 + Portra800 with Tory Baker
Mindset is everything as you encounter challenges and explore new paths! Transitioning to a new film stock is no exception.
Why You Should Be Printing Your Work
Learn why film photographers Erich McVey and Ashley Sawtelle believe in the power of print—for themselves and their clients.
Tips for Shooting Your First Roll of Film
Ready to shoot your first roll of film? You got this! Follow these tips for the best results.
Transitioning to Portra
Transitioning to a new film stock might sound intimidating. But don’t worry, we’ve got some pro tips to help make your transition a smooth one!
Traveling with Film + CT Scanners
Our top tips for traveling with film! (And dealing with those high-powered X-ray scanners.)
What are Large Scans?
Our normal scans are the largest in the industry, but sometimes you need the freedom that only a large scan can offer.
What are Preference Images?
Preference images are the best way to ensure your scans match your vision—here's how to use them.
What are Straight Scans?
Why we don't offer them and why they don't serve you.
What is Push + Pull Processing?
Everything you need to know to make the right decision when it comes to processing your film.
What is Resolution?
Resolution can be confusing. But it doesn't have to be! Let's break down this not-so-scary topic together:
What Your Film Lab Wishes You Knew—Common Struggles in Film Photography
After thousands of phone calls and emails helping film photographers, we have a unique perspective on the common struggles many face when it comes to film.
Why You Should Number Your Rolls
Numbering your rolls of film saves you time, keeps you organized and helps you see your scans sooner. Here's how:
Why You Should Use a Tripod / Monopod
Trust us—tripods, coupled with a quick-release L-Bracket—will allow you to shoot long after the sun has set.
East Made Co: Choosing Film in a Digital Era
I've had "Learn Film" on my goals list since 2015 when I started East Made Co and became a fine art wedding designer and stylist. . . .
Katy Schilhab: Choosing Film in a Digital Era
Everyone has their “why” behind choosing to shoot film in a digital era. Here’s mine . . .
Kendra Cates: Choosing Film in a Digital Era
"Wait, so you shoot film? Like the rolls you have to load into a camera and then get developed? Why would you want to do that?" Someone asked me this . . .
Why Choose Film in a Digital Era?
We'll let our photographers do the talking.
Chester Alan Rivera: Choosing Film in a Digital Era
"I always imagine my kids or grandkids discovering my stash of negatives long after I’m gone and seeing/remembering all the memories we shared. . . ."