Analog matchmaker: Find the perfect film for you with this fun quiz


posted Friday, February 17, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT


For whatever reason – or perhaps a variety of reasons – film is not only still alive, but seemingly gaining popularity. This somewhat surprising reversal of fate for analog photography means that many photographers who either used to shoot film or have never tried it before, are interested in giving it a go. One of these people is French photographer Vincent Moschetti who sold his digital photography equipment to purchase a full suite of film photography gear. Vincent has started a website, One Year With Film Only (OYWFO), to offer tips for shooting with film and share with the world his distinct experience of going from digital to film, rather than the other way around.

While the sensor in your digital camera matters a lot overall, the overall “look” of digital photos doesn’t vary dramatically, at least not when viewing JPEG files straight from the camera. That isn’t true with film photography as the film stock you use has huge implications for what your analog images will look like. And after all, the “look” of film is what draws many photographers to it these days. To help you decide which film is right for you, OYWFO has a quiz you can take to help match you to your perfect film based on your own personal tastes.

Screenshot from Film Dating. Each question - except for the very first one where you choose between color and black and white - consists of four images. You choose your favorite based on various characteristics of the image such as contrast, grain, and color. 

I went on the “Film Dating” adventure for myself and found it to be a fun task. By looking at different images and evaluating them based on qualities like contrast, saturation and color temperature – rather than subject matter or composition – you can find your perfect match. The quiz won’t take long to take, so let us know your result (or results if you want to do it for color and black and white film stocks) in the comments below.

If you’d like to try out your “match” film but don’t know where to start, start here.

(Seen via Fstoppers. Heart clipart used in index image.)