35mmc is the world’s biggest analogue and alternative photography community blog. We are always on the lookout for people to contribute content to 35mmc. We want this blog to be representative of the diversity of individuals, opinion and approaches within photography, and the best way for that to happen is for readers with differing opinions to be able to contribute them here in the form of blog posts, articles and reviews.
All of our contributors get an ad-free experience for life, and of course become part of this ever-growing community of writers. All we ask is that you submit at least one article a year – though even this is on a good will basis, we won’t remove your ad-free experience, even if you don’t!
If you fancy submitting an article, then sign up here.
Once signed up, assuming all is well, you’ll just need to send you first article draft. Once we receive this we’ll send you a link with all the instructions you need to add your content to the website and we can work together through the process of getting it ready to publish.
Unsure about signing up, and would just like to have a chat about content first, then please feel free to email [email protected]
What to write?
If you would like to contribute, but aren’t sure what, then please read on…
If you have a camera, lens, film or particular other bit of photography equipment that you have a particular fancy for, and feel like you can string 800+ words together on the subject, then I’d like to hear from you!
If you’ve read any reviews here on 35mmc, you will see that I like to keep things relatively informal. Readers of this blog like to hear about how and why you get on with (or indeed don’t get on with) what you are reviewing. They like to read how a camera works in practice, not just what it says it does in the back of the manual.
And above all, they like to read about how and why the features appeal to you and the way you shoot or produce an image. In short, don’t get too hung up on specifications and facts, the experience and results are much more important!
Something Technical, Theoretical, Philosophical, or a Guide/how to
This blog isn’t just made up of reviews.
Everything from technical guides, photo-philosophy, repairs, cleaning and modifications, it’s all been posted about here on 35mmc. Just have a browser through the Theory & Reflections and Tutorials & Knowhow section for a bit of inspiration.
If you have something interesting and unique to add, then get in touch…
Just bear in mind, whatever the content, 800+ words and lots of photos are key.
A Photography project or series
Another way to contribute is to write something about a photography project or series of images. Some of the most popular articles shared on this website come from photographers who’ve shared thoughts on a project or theme of shooting they are working on. The most popular talk about film and camera choices as well as method and subject.
Contribute to an article series
Within some of the categories above there are a few distinct series of posts as follows:
5 frame with…
The idea is 5 photos, loosely around a theme, all taken with one camera/lens/film combination. I’d like those photos to be paired with around 500 words – this might be about the choice of camera, something about the lens or film, but it should also tell something of the story of the subject. Don’t forget though, if you have more to say or more images you like to share, don’t feel restrained by this, feel free to write as much as you have to say and get in touch! 5 frames posts can be found here
That time I shot with a…
For this series, I’m looking for stories from time you have shot something or somehow that is a little less than ordinary. This might be some sort of film shot in an odd way, a lens mounted on a camera it has no right to be mounted on, a camera that was broken or bodged to work in a way it wasn’t supposed to, or something else out of the ordinary. You might have discovered something wonderful, or it might have been a complete failure. As long as you have some sort of results, you can tell me what you did and why and how you did it, then please get in touch and let’s share some weird photographic experiments with the world! You can find examples of these articles here
The whole roll
Similar to the 5 frames series, but the idea is to show an entire roll of film, warts and all. Authors have taken this as an opportunity to reflect on the successes and failures of the roll, and even something specific to the kit it was shot with. The floor is open, as long as you show off every shot from the roll. Whole Roll articles can be found here
Are you a Compact Camera Photographer?
If you’re just passionate about shooting compact or rangefinder cameras and would like to share some thoughts on why, you can base a post around some or all of the following questions:
- A bit of background? As much or as little as you are comfortable sharing… Name, Where you are from, what you do, What else in life do you enjoy? that sort of thing?
- How long have you been taking photos?
- What sort of photography do you enjoy or partake in the most (street, landscape, etc)?
- Which is/are your favourite 35mmc compact/rangefinder cameras?
- How big a part of your photography life are 35mm compact cameras/rangefinders?
- What about the experience of shooting with these cameras appeals to you?
- How do you feel they have effected your style? become part of it? or are the reason for it…?
- What is it specifically about these cameras that appeal to you so much?
- What was the path to this shooting habit? How did you discover it appealed to you?
- Show us your favourite/best images taken with a compact or rangefinder camera?
Other people’s’ answers can be found here
Linking back to you
Whatever you write, I also want you to add links to your posts – links to bodies of your work, your website, blog, Tumblr, twitter, FB, Flickr etc. Links to anything you like as long as its relevant! The internet was designed to connect information together, I want this site to contribute to that as much as possible. It’s good for this website, it’s good for the websites you link to and it’s good for the reader of this site. So don’t forget!
Publishing lead times
Please just bear in mind any content submitted won’t be published instantly. I have a backlog of content that I post at a rate 6 posts a week, this adds up to a rolling lead time of about 4-8 weeks. All content is published in the order of it being finished and ready to be put live. There are some occasions when content pushes up the queue, but this is usually only when something is date specific, or is relevant to another piece of content.
If you’re a marketer scouring the internet looking for somewhere to submit some drivel about some clients product. Move along please, you aren’t welcome here!
If you are a manufacturer looking for someone to review your product or service or are interested in advertising here on 35mmc, please contact me