Free Exposure Guide Inside a Film Box


Every time we open a box of film, we usually don’t take into consideration the box that it came it. Before throwing away the box, take a closer look first. You might find something useful.

I don´t know how you do it, but when I buy film either in a shop or bulk on ebay, the first thing I do is to discard and throw away the boxes. They just take away too much room and besides the expiration date (which we lomographers don´t care about) carry no information not to be seen on the film canister itself.

So I rip them apart brutally and throw them away. Recently I bought eight boxes of Kodak VR 100 that were expired in 1997. The first thing I noticed were the retro boxes in Kodak’s trademark yellow. But never mind, the boxes had to go. When I ripped the second one apart I noticed that beside the usual bla-bla-barely-readable instructions there was a graphic inside.

I opend the third box carefully and found a nice graphic exposure guide inside it. Wow, I thought, that might become handy, not only due to it´s perfect size.

So when you rip your next film box open maybe take a closer look inside it. Otherwise, feel free to copy my free exposure guide.

written by zark on 2011-12-04 #gear #tutorials #film #box #tipster #recycling #quickie-tipster #exposure-guide


  1. zark
  2. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    Make sure if you stick it to a camera, you remember that it's only for the ISO type it came with! You'll need to adjust for other ISO films.

  3. evelyna
    evelyna ·

    is this an Olympus OM-10?

  4. zark
    zark ·

    @evelyna: It´s a Kiev 4 AM.
    @adam_g2000: Thats why I wrote 100 iso 1/125 second on it.

  5. marcustegtmeier
    marcustegtmeier ·

    Nice, I'll have to look in my next box of film.

  6. pointandshoot
    pointandshoot ·

    It's known as the "Sunny 16" rule and is more reliable than your cameras meter. I used it with my meterless Zenit 'B' decades ago without problems and learnt a hell of a lot about my camera. You don't have to stick to the 100 speed on the film box - try using 200 speed film but, follow the 100 speed box instruction settings (keep shutter at 1/125) and you'll get more saturated results.

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