Crash Course in Film | Storage | Whitney Beth Photography
I’ve been shooting film for fun for years, and I mean years. My mom gave me my first camera when I was 5 years old. It was a cheap little, point and shoot camera that I carried everywhere with me. So if the thought of film intimidates you, just imagine little 5 year old Whitney loading her own roll of film, and you’ll be golden.
I’ve talked about my personal use of film on and off on Instagram and found that there was a lot of interest in a crash course – film 101. So I’m making these really easy to digest monthly posts about film (as well as Reels for all you Instagram people) where you can save the info and refer back to it when needed.
Up first – storage.
For as long as I can remember I have been storing film in my refrigerator. It’s what my mom did, so it’s what I do. It wasn’t until someone questioned “why?” that I thought it strange. So I looked it up, and Mom knew what she was talking about. Film has an expiration date. That’s not to say that if you shoot on expired film it 100% won’t turn out. You can (and I have) shoot on expired film, but the images might not turn out as crisp or true to color as they would on “good” film.
When you put film in the fridge, the coolness slows down the expiration and extends the life of your roll. I also found out that if you aren’t going to be shooting on a roll within 6 months, you can stick it in the freezer for an even better chance of keeping it “fresh.”
So if you ever open my refrigerator, you’ll be met with an entire shelf in the door dedicated to the film I buy/find at thrift stores/been given. And I will unapologetically tell you that’s where you’re supposed to keep film.