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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

Back into Film

Gina Todorovich

Sometime last year, I inherited a vintage (older-than-myself) film camera along with some lenses and a flash. Super eager to get back into shooting film, I ordered three kinds of film from B&H, with the intent of using them during a day trip to NYC. I got the film just in time, even worked through replacing the battery and loaded that bad boy up. Framed my first shot, adjusted the exposure and then pressed the shutter...

Not. A. Sound.

The shutter would not cooperate, and that camera still sits in a closet since it was too old to be fixed at the shop I took it too. Now there are other options, so not all hope is lost. At that point though, I just got busy and didn't see to fixing it.

Well, after all that excitement and then disappointment, I am back at it. Thanks to a somehow semi-surprise Christmas gift, I have a working film camera again: a Pentax K1000. And I am putting it to work.

How's my track record so far?

  1. My first roll came out alright, with a few shots I rather like. Some were rather grainy and a bit too blurry though. On to the next!
  2. My second roll...BLANK. Yes, heartbreak. Not a single shot. I'm going to go ahead and chock that up to bad film or a bad processing experience. Definitely not user error. Nope. *blank stare*
  3. Roll #3—my first B&W roll since I got back into shooting filmis out for processing. Penn Camera currently has to send out black and white film for developing, so I get to draw out the suspense and practice patience. HMPH.
  4. The fourth roll was shot using Kodak Portra 160 color film I got from B&H last year and finally put to use. I spent a good portion of the past weekend at museums in DC, so most of the shots are at the Hirshhorn and a few by/at the National Gallery of Art. Those are shared below...


I'm thrilled to be shooting with film once again. I feel like it makes me stop and think about what I'm photographing—and how—which makes my photography experience more meaningful overall. Film is not for everyone, but it definitely is for me.

I look forward to continuing to explore film photography and am even more excited to experiment with it. I've found lots of interesting reads on developing film at home, scanning negatives with your DSLR, etc. And I've also never taken a film shot using a flash, and it's been over a decade since I dabble with infrared film. There is A LOT that I want to try and so much for me to learn. I'm just getting (re-)started...