Hangouts

Be Part of the

Film Photography Online Community

Through These Groups

by Maria Romero, April 30, 2019 4:31pm

Art by Dani Elevazo

Hangouts

Be Part of the Film Photography Online Community Through These Groups

by Maria Romero, April 30, 2019 4:31pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
 

Learning and excelling on a particular craft may not always require formal education, but it can’t happen overnight. Sometimes, we have to hear people’s real-life experiences to learn new things or be hands-on with it.

The same applies to learning about film photography. Whether a budding or professional film photographer, participating in online communities often in the form of Facebook groups is a significant part of learning. It also helps you generate more exposure for your works. If you get lucky, you may also find collaborators and clients from those groups. Sharing your work online helps in evaluating your works through constructive criticisms.

So, if you feel like reading books or watching YouTube tutorials aren’t enough to learn about Film Photography, these online groups will help you be on top of your film photography game:

Lomomanila Market Place

Lomomanila Market Place is the largest private film photography online community based on the number of its members. Just like it’s public counterpart Lomomanila, it allows photographers to share their film photos. It also lets members sell and/or exchange their analog cameras, films, and accessories at an affordable price. But if you use Instagram more often, you can also check their Instagram page for film inspiration.

 
 
 
 
 
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Film Photography Swap

Like the Lomomanila Market Place, Film Photography Swap also allows members to buy, sell, and exchange film cameras, accessories, films, and even books as longs as it’s related to film photography. The group’s affordable deals on anything photography will make your photography venture more convenient.

Rangefinder Filipinas

Rangefinder Filipinas is the first classic photography online community in the Philippines. This public group is about the historical truths and practices of traditional photography. It also seeks to present film photography based on real knowledge and experience. Discussions about all forms of film and chemical-based photography are welcome here.

 
 
 
 
 
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We Want Film

We Want Film is a non-commercial association of film photographers with the desire to explore the creative possibilities of using analog film. This public group serves a creative and safe space for members who would like to to share their projects, ideas, techniques, and experiences through talks and exhibits. They also bring their community discussions offline through photo walks and seminars—great ways to make friends.

 
 
 
 
 
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Leica Users Philippines

Leica is one of the leading film camera manufacturers that's why dedicated users created an online group exclusively for their fellow Leica users. The public group Leica Users Philippines is a collective group of Filipino and Philippine-based photographers who shoot with Leica photography equipment. Group members can talk about photography, share tips, experiences, and photos here. There are no limitations as to the type and number of posts as long as the images were taken by Leica bodies or glasses.

 
 
 
 
 
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Minolta Shooters PH

Like Leica Users Philippines, Minolta Shooters PH encourages Minolta users to share their tips, experiences, and photos. This private group is strictly for idea and technique discussions only; they strictly prohibit the selling of any camera equipment or photographic material.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Online Warehouse + Fotofabrik Community

Recently, The Online Warehouse and Fotofabrik collaborated to cater to the film community’s needs in terms of film scanning and developing services. The two camera cartels also created a public Facebook group dedicated to sharing film photos processed by them—a great way to compliment your online presence.

 
 
 
 
 
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Camera Pasa Pasa Project

Camera Pasa Pasa is not an online group but a movement that aims to teach traditional film photography to a new generation of photographers. A camera is passed from one participant to another on a weekly basis where they get guidance from the community on how to use the camera and how to develop the films themselves. Selected photos are posted in the movement’s Instagram page, published in photo books, or shown in exhibits. Last November 2018, they held a PASA-PASA Photo Exhibit at Ayala Malls Legazpi.

 
 
 
 
 
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All these photography communities may vary in focus and tonality but these will surely answer all your film photography-related queries—just click "join." Learning with people of the same passion as yours is fun. Just don’t forget to act decently when interacting online; especially when asking questions. May you have fun seeing the world in different lenses.

 

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