If you’re new to the world of film photography, it can be hard to find the necessary resources to help get started. To make things a bit easier, here is the essential stuff to guide you through your journey especially if you live in the Philippines.
To get you started on film photography, you’ll have to buy a camera first. One of the best places to search is in the Facebook group Lomomanila Marketplace. Each ad is checked by the admin and your fellow film photography enthusiasts for its legitimacy so that the chances of you getting a lemon or scammed are unlikely.
Now, you’ll have to load up your camera with film. While there are several places where you can buy it, the most recommended place is at Film Folk. They offer a wide range of fresh films such as Ilford, Lomography, and Cinestill. Other stores that you can go to are General Photo or Fujifilm YKL stores.
Related link: Film lab directory in the Philippines
If you’re not sure what film to buy or how to use it, you can look to the local film community. You can either join the Lomomanila or the Film Traveler Community on Facebook to ask those burning questions and get answers without prejudice. You can even share your photographs there and it might get featured on our page.
In case you have no idea on how to use your camera, you can simply visit the Butkus website. It hosts the largest database of film camera manuals and download it for free.
Speaking of photographs, you’ll have to get it processed and scanned/printed (depending on preference). If you live up North of EDSA, we would suggest dropping off your film roll at Sunny16 Lab. If Sunny16 Lab is too far, you can also send your films via courier.
You can bring your rolls at Satchmi in SM Megamall or U.P. Town Center and wait for them to send the scanned film to your email within a few days. Alternatively, you can drop by their headquarters in Quezon City and have your films processed and scanned the same day. Standard processing for colored (C41) costs P200 including scanning.
Aside from the wonderful output, Sunny16 Lab gets their charm from their impressive customer service that goes beyond the call of duty (something we’ve experienced ourselves). After all, being kind to the community and customers alike can go a long way.
You can also drop off your film rolls at General Photo Express if Sunny16 Lab is too far or if you don’t have the budget to have it delivered. Processing takes around 3 days and it costs just P180 including scanning and the CD. Another alternative is Fujifilm YKL but it would take a bit longer.
There you have it. Hope these help you get started on film photography. Don’t forget to join the Film Traveler Community and share your experiences, photographs, and more to assist other new film photographers.