Do you like to stick it to The Man? Are you just super cheap? If you’re one, the other, or both, you may want to get extra shots our of your roll of 35mm film.
Hey there photo rebel, are you ready for me to lay something on you? The Man tells you that rolls of 35mm have 24 exposures or 36 exposures, but what he doesn’t want you to know is that you can totally get some extra shots out of it!
What you need:
• A roll of 35mm film
• A camera you want to load it in
• Uh… Your hands and fingers, I guess?
First, without pulling any of the film tag out, put your film canister in the film room of your camera and lock in the rewind knob. Then, depending on the manner in which you must load your camera, pull out the minimum amount of film to put it in the slot in the film spool/make the teeth grab it; then, simply advance just a couple of clicks, to make sure the film is going to stay in place and close the back. Ignore the directions that say to “shoot a frame or two with the lens cap on”, just have at it, start shooting the second you can get the shutter to fire! You will likely get a “film burned” shot at the beginning of your roll, but I think it’s tasteful (I’ve included some examples), and if you do it right, I’ve found you can get 26 or 27 exposures out of a 24 exposure roll, and 40 or 41 out of a 36 exposure roll. And hey, who doesn’t love extra frames? Just keep in mind your first shot will probably have some kind of burned left edge, and go nuts! The Man can’t stop you now!