Whether you’re thinking about learning how to shoot film photography or you’re interested in how to make your digital images look like film, one of the first steps is knowing about the different types of camera film and which one has the look you’re going for.
There are plenty of amazing film brands out there, and each has different film stocks to choose from. Different types of camera film will create different looking images, thanks to variances in color tones, contrast, saturation, grain, and so on.
In this blog, we’re listing some popular types of camera film and showing you some examples of what they look like to help you decide.
Many of the images in this blog are actually digital images that were edited with presets that emulate that film very accurately, so you can learn how to get the film look on your digital images, too!
PS: Before purchasing real camera films, make sure they come in the right format for your camera, whether it requires 35mm film, medium format film, or something else.
Types of Camera Film: Color Negative Films
Also known as color print film, color negative film is the most common type of camera film. It’s typically the most affordable and easy to develop.
Here are some popular types of color negative film brands and stocks to check out!
There are a few different versions of Kodak Portra film, including:
- Kodak Portra 160
- Kodak Portra 400
- Kodak Portra 800
Kodak Portra film stocks are super versatile and perfect for a warm and neutral look on your photographs.
Kodak Gold 200
As the name implies, Gold 200 is a golden-toned film with medium contrast and saturation, offering rich colors while still being very versatile. It’s known for being nostalgic and affordable—a great film look for travel, landscape, and candid photos.
Kodak Ektar 100
Ektar 100 is a bold film look with high saturation and contrast. It’s bright and colorful with fine grain and saturated reds. If you want your images to really pop, give this one a try!
See more examples and learn more about our Ektar 100 preset here. Along with Gold 200, this is by far one of the most popular presets we see used by the Mastin Labs Community!
Fujicolor Pro 400H
Fujicolor 400H is known for its natural skin tones, pastel tones, cyan greens, and low saturation. It’s an especially popular type of camera film amongst wedding photographers and family photographers.
Like Portra, Fujicolor films can also be pushed to create a punchier look with higher contrast and grain.
Preset: Fuji Pushed Pack
Fujicolor Superia 400
Fujifilm Superia 400 is a versatile film that is a great option for everyday photography.
Superia 400 offers a bold and balanced film look with deeper reds and neutral shadows. Perfect for a bit of pop without going over the top! Some people consider Superia 400 to be “Ektar light,” with similarities in the vividness but a bit less saturation and contrast. It works well for natural and low-light photography.
Fujicolor Natura 1600
Fujicolor Natura 1600 is a discontinued film, sadly. But we’re still mentioning it on this list because it’s a classic film look and can still be emulated with the help of film presets.
Photographer: Daryl Love | Preset: Natura 1600
Natura 1600 is a versatile film that is great for low light photography with warm skin tones and medium contrast. It’s also a great film look for off-camera flash and studio photography.
Cinestill 800T is one of those cult classic types of camera film, especially when it comes to night film photography.
Cinestill 800T emulates a cinema-esque look on still photographs. It is tungsten-balanced (that’s what the “T” stands for) making it excellent for capturing neon lights and halation. This type of camera film is also known for its vibrant reds, edgy blue greens, and pink glow around lights.
Types of Camera Film: Slide Film
Slide film works a bit differently than color negative film.
Also known as color reversal film or color positive film, slide film is a bit less common because it is typically less accessible, more expensive, and harder to develop. Regardless, slide film is revered for its beautifully vivid colors, fine grain, and a true vintage feel.
Here are a few popular types of slide film.
Kodak Slide Film
Kodak Ektachrome E100
Kodak Ektachrome E100 gives us all the nostalgic feels with rich, warm color tones and soft highlights.
Preset: Ektachrome 100
Ektachrome E100 is perfect if you’re going for a vintage look with fine grain, especially in daylight. It’s a popular film look for portraits, lifestyle, and fashion photography.
Fujifilm Slide Film
Fujichrome Velvia 50
Fujifilm’s Fujichrome Velvia 50 is a slide film with vivid colors, fine grain, and deep shadows.
Preset: Velvia 50
Velvia 50 brings out vibrant reds and muted blue-green tones, perfect for images with a pop of bright color. Velvia 50 is popular for travel, landscape, and lifestyle photography.
Fujichrome Provia 100F
Fujifilm’s Fujichrome Provia 100F is still quite vivid, but has a softer look than Velvia 50 with medium contrast and saturation.
Preset: Provia 100
Provia 100F’s magenta tones offer a stylish edginess, making this film especially popular for fashion photography, studio photography, and lifestyle photography.
Types of Camera Film: Black and White Photography Films
We couldn’t finish this list without talking about black and white camera films!
Here are some types of black and white camera film to try.
Ilford Black and White Films
Ilford Pan F Plus
You can’t talk about black and white film without mentioning Ilford. Ilford considers themselves “the home of black and white film photography,” and with good reason!
Preset: Pan F
One popular black and white film by Ilford is Pan F Plus. Pan F is a rich, high contrast black and white film with fine grain and moody tones. It works well in bright, natural light as well as studio lighting. If you’re looking for deep shadows, this is the one.
Ilford HP5 is a versatile black and white film with medium grain and contrast.
HP5 is a bit brighter than Pan F, making it great in a variety of types of lighting. This black and white film stock is popular for street photography, photojournalism, and documentary-style photography.
Ilford Delta 3200
Moving into an even brighter option, Ilford Delta 3200 is known for its expressive grain and glowing highlights, making it a great option for more challenging lighting conditions or action photography.
Kodak Black and White Films
Kodak Tri-X 400
Kodak Tri-X 400 is a black and white camera film with medium contrast and beautiful, fine grain.
This black and white film look is on the lighter side, making it versatile and perfect for a variety of photography genres and lighting situations.
Kodak T-Max 3200
Kodak T-Max 3200 is a black and white film with some serious attitude!
T-Max 3200 is known for its high grain, forgiving contrast, flat shadows, and smoothness throughout. It’s a great black and white film for photos with a gritty look and can preserve details in challenging lighting
Fujifilm Black and White Films
Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100
Fujifilm’s Acros 100 black and white film is known for its fine grain and rich, clean tones.
Preset: Acros 100
Acros 100 has a deeper tonality and brighter look than Tri-X 400, and is perfect for moody indoor photos.
Have Fun Experimenting With Different Film Looks!
We hope you found this list helpful, and that you have fun trying out some different film looks on your photography!
If you use Mastin Labs presets to emulate these popular film looks on your digital photos, we would love to see them! Please feel free to follow us on Instagram for more inspiration and tag @mastinlabs in your images or share them in the Mastin Labs Facebook Community.