Hello! My name is Lee Jones, MFA and I’m the photography professor behind The Photography Professor.
The Photography Professor
The goal of this website is to answer any and all of your questions about film-based photography in a format that is easy to read and understand.
Film photography can seem daunting at first because of all of the intricacies but my hope with this website is to inspire you to try it out with easy to read and helpful instructions.
I started this website to learn more about digital and film-based photography as well as to provide a resource for my students. Some beginner topics on this site include knowing if your film you have is used or unused, where to get film developed near you, the cost of developing film online, what are disposable cameras, if all Instax Mini Instant cameras use the same film, if Polaroid ink is toxic and why you shouldn’t cut them, and how to keep you instant film from fading.
This site also includes more advanced topics like if you need a darkroom to develop film, information about chemicals used in the darkroom, guides for developing black & white film or color film at home and even ways to develop film in a more environmentally-friendly way but presents them in a way that even beginners can understand. My hope that no matter your experience level with photography you will come away feeling more informed and confident about film photography after reading our articles.
More Of My Background
I love photography and learning and I have always had a fascination with how things worked growing up to the detriment of our family electronics. I pursued photography for most of my life and, in 2010, received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.
In graduate school I found my deep passion for seeing the light bulb moment in others which led to my career of teaching photography at King University for the last decade (yes, I’m a real photography professor!). Beyond teaching photography (along with graphic design and web design), I am also a working photographer, shooting products in the studio and the occasional portrait or concert. You can find my LinkedIn profile here.
I’ve also been fascinated with the history of photography, the people who created it (like Edwin Land), and how technology has been an integral part of the artform since the beginning. I have a small collection of film cameras that I routinely shoot that includes cameras from the very compact Olympus XA-2 35mm film camera to the large Graflex Speed Graphic 4×5 (large format) Press Camera with many in between (like my Polaroid 600 camera, Instax Mini 11, Kodak Brownie Model 2A from 1911, and Pentax Asahi Spotmatic).
I’m glad you dropped by and my hope is that this website answers any questions you may have about film photography and/or inspires you to try something new!
If you run into any problems or have any questions, feel free to contact me by email: ThePhotographyProfessorIsIn@gmail.com or call (423) 482-1935.