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Hello all! I have recently really gotten into film photography after my father gave me his old Pentax K1000. I am relatively new to film photography buy have learned a lot so far.

The goal of this Instructable is to provide a detailed, easy to follow set of directions so you can be taking pictures as soon as possible.

I am writing these instructions based on my Pentax K1000. These instructions apply for most analog cameras. If your camera won't  accept the film/ won't work according to these instruction, I will be glad to help you out. That being said, I cannot be responsible for any harm to yourself or the camera.

I hope you enjoy!

Step 1: Getting Stuff!

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Getting started with film photography is relatively easy. A decent 35mm camera can be found for less that $100. Ask relatives, thrift stores and antique stores. You can also use eBay, but the prices may not be as good/as reliable.

I use the K1000 which is a very reliable and good quality camera that takes nice pictures, and I highly recommend it to the beginner. Please don't get one of those electric auto winding/ auto focusing ones! They are not nearly as cool!

Any type of quality film is good. Black and white is my favorite, but that's just personal taste. Try a local drugstore or photography store.

Look for a flash if your camera does not have one. A neck strap is pretty essential. Other things include a tripod, various lenses to experiment with and a carrying case.

Got it? Good! Let's goooo!!
tonybest1 month ago

Thank You for these instructions

sarahainley4 months ago

thanks so much for this tutorial. easiest one i've come across so far. helps too that i'm starting with a pentax k1000. just have one question. after loading my film, i turned the film advance lever but it feels sort of choppy every time i turn it. does this mean i didn't load the film properly?

do you have any pics that you took with the camera and what aperture/ shutter speed you used?

Nice instructable, thanks for sharing!