Best 35mm Film For Portraits

One of the favorite past times of film photography enthusiasts is taking part in the raging debate about what thing is the best or better than the other. A prominent one of those questions is what is the best 35mm film for portraits.


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Fuji Provia 100F

Many herald Fuji Provia 100F as the best 35mm film for portrait photography.

And it’s easy to see why.

It has one of the finest grain structures you can get from 35mm film with excellent push-processing abilities. You’ll be getting unbelievable consistent color and tone at pushes of up to +2 stops.

Best 35mm film for portrait photography
Best 35mm film for portrait photography – Source
Fuji Provia 100F
Fuji Provia 100F – Source

As a color slide film it demands accurate exposure, so make sure you’re shooting with quality gear to take full advantage of that.

Kodak Portra 800

There’s no denying the popularity of Kodak Portra 800 as the 35mm film of choice for portrait photographers. It renders beautifully soft skin tones with an almost delicious color palette. It’s one of my favorites too and it’s my go to film for shooting weddings.

A few of the shots I’ve taken with Kodak Portra 800 below.

Kodak Portra 800
Kodak Portra 800

Kodak Portra 800
Kodak Portra 800
Kodak Portra 800
Kodak Portra 800

Kodak Gold 200

This is a great film that renders a nice vintage look without heading too far into lomography territory. It creates warm images that look great during a setting sun and is easy on the wallet too. It’s almost half the price of the other 35mm films mentioned here so if you’re a budget orientated, then it’s a great call.

Kodak Gold 200
Kodak Gold 200 – Source
Kodak Gold 200
Kodak Gold 200 – Source
Kodak Gold 200
Kodak Gold 200 – Source

So if you’re into your warm fuzzy colors then this might be one of the best 35mm film for your portraits. The only downside is it can seem less sharp than the Fuji Provia and Kodak Portra films.

 

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James Grundy

I’ve been photographing for 13 years and have a penchant for 35mm and medium format film. Black and white street photography is my go-to. My work has been featured in online and print media through a few publications like Shutterstock, Brooklyn Resource Mag, Off The Rails and Collective Quarterly.

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