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Best Film Cameras For Instagram

Tips and tricks for shooting Instagram photos with film cameras

Following Instagram’s introduction in 2010, we have seen a great development in the quality of photos shared on the platform. Initially, we relied on smartphones to take our social media images, often resulting in pictures of low quality that were blurry and pixelated. However, fast forward time, we are now exposed to high functioning smartphone features and the use of professional cameras that include advanced technology, allowing us to capture moments in the highest of quality. 

However, in recent times we have experienced a trend in which users intend to achieve photography outcomes that represent retro style film. This photography generally involves lower quality than that of a smartphone as it intends to embody a vintage approach to the images as if it were belonging to the late 1900s. 

Although, regardless of your choice of film camera, there are some tips and tricks that you can follow to help you achieve great image outcomes when using film cameras for Instagram.

Understand your lighting

Lighting is a key factor in achieving quality image outcomes. If the subject is over exposed to light then it will generally cause the image to appear washed out. Vise versa, if there is not enough lighting then it becomes hard to capture a clear image. 

Additionally, lighting works to set the atmosphere of an image. Therefore, by developing an understanding of how lighting influences photography outcomes, users can better establish the desired texture and mood within their photography.

Utilise the rule of thirds & white space

So you’ve heard of the rule of thirds, but you’re wondering what it actually means when it comes to photography? The rule of thirds is a composition guideline that relies on placing the subject of your image in either the left or right third of the image, leaving the other two thirds clear. We generally rely on the rule of thirds when conducting photography as it creates well composed shots that are generally more appealing to the human eye. 

This process involves equally dividing the space in your shutter, using 2 horizontal lines and 2 vertical lines, creating nine small squares, in which photographers can then place the subject appropriately. Some of our top tips when using the rule of thirds approach include:

  • Your subjects don’t necessarily need to be placed on the lines or intersecting points perfectly.
  • If you’re a beginner, try using the rule of thirds setting on your smartphone, as this will allow for practise before switching to your film camera. 
  • Your subject will not always be directly in front of you, try adjusting the camera angles to achieve the rule of thirds.

Expose for the shadows

Film can sometimes struggle to preserve details in the shadows, creating the need for users to ensure that they aren’t under-exposing their film. In simpler terms, this process is actually opposite to that of a digital camera, in which you would generally expose for the highlights. Particularly for film cameras, we suggest avoiding underexposing as this will result in grainy, dark prints.

Our pick of the best film cameras for Instagram

Whether you’re looking for easy instant prints from an instant film camera or retro-style photos from a disposable film camera, there are so many great options! See our favourites below:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

It has never been this easy to capture life’s beautiful moments instantly, than it is with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera. With the simple click of a button, this advanced device allows users to instantly print snapshots of their favourite memories. Incorporating close-up shooting capabilities into the 60mm f/12.7 lens design, allowing for seamless shooting from 11.8” to infinity. 

Presented in a sleek design, with a compact finish, this camera combines style and functionality. Our favourite element of this device is the updated automatic exposure function which results in users no longer needing to manually adjust for different lighting environments. In addition to this convenient feature, the built-in flash benefits work in low-light environments, accommodating for high image quality in all lighting.  

Kodak M38 Film Camera with Flash

Compatible with 35mm colour negative or black and white film, the Kodak M38 Film Camera allows users to incorporate their unique flare into their photography. Equipped with a fixed-focus wide-angle lens, this camera is ideal for shooting most well-focused daylight scenes. Some key features of the camera that we think you will love include:

  • Built-in flash
  • Modern, on-trend design
  • Compatibility with colour and black & white film

The Kodak M38 Film Camera is great value for money, while it includes advanced features that are easy to use… What’s not to love!

AgfaPhoto Reusable 35mm Film Camera

Presented in a retro style body, the AgfaPhoto Reusable 35mm Film Camera puts the fun in analogue photography. Including focus free capability, the device assists users in capturing high-quality pictures, minus the hassle of focusing the lens. Equipped with a built-in flash, the camera can be used in various lighting, assisting you in creating unique photography outcomes. With easy to use features, this device is ideal for the beginner photographer.  

The AgfaPhoto Reusable 35mm Film Camera offers flexibility with use as it is compatible with ISO 200/ 400/ 800 films. When selecting your desired film, users can choose between colour or black and white, allowing for greater personalisation in your photography outcomes. This camera is without a doubt one of the best 35mm film cameras!

Polaroid Now- Yellow i-Type Instant Camera

Known for its simplicity in design, the Polaroid Now allows users to instantly capture moments, with easy to use features. Whether it’s capturing special times with friends or snaps of your favourite life moments, this device helps capture memories with the iconic polaroid effect. Some of our favourite features on the Polaroid Now camera includes:

  • Autofocus 2-Lens System
  • Built-in Double Exposure
  • Self-timer
  • Accurate Flash

Ilford Sprite 35-II Reusable Camera

Presented in a compact, lightweight body, the Ilford Sprite 35-II Reusable Camera is equipped with a fixed shutter speed of 1/120s with a 31mm, single element f9 fixed-focus wide-angle lens, ideal for the majority of well-focused daylight scenes. In addition to this, the camera includes a built-in flash with a 15-second recycle time for night shooting, allowing for flexibility when shooting. 

Depending on users’ individual preferences, they may select from a variety of films including colour negative or black and white, permitting them in setting the mood of the image. Presented in an authentic style body, the device offers exceptional value. 

Visit Camera House for help with selecting the best film camera for your Instagram photography

Now that you know which film cameras are the best for Instagram photography, upgrade your camera today and get that perfect shot for Instagram! Camera House has an extensive range of film cameras to help you achieve retro photography outcomes. Don’t forget to also stock up on camera film. Camera House stocks the popular camera films including film for Fujifilm Instax cameras and a full range of Kodak film including 35mm film.

Take advantage of Camera House’s knowledgeable staff in-store and online and ask them which Selfie Camera is right for you! Check out our shipping information online and enjoy flat-rate delivery Australia-wide, or check out our store locator to visit a Camera House store near you.

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