Today we’re launching our Film of the Month Club for CP readers and fans of film photography. Subscribers will receive a roll of film every month, plus access to an exclusive and focused CP Film and Camera Club Facebook group where we can share our photos and talk about the Film of the Month and our experiences shooting it (the CP crew will pick a different film type each month, to keep things interesting).
To be frank, you can get film cheaper elsewhere. There’s no doubt about that. But that’s not what the Film of the Month Club is about. It’s about a lot more than that, actually.
First, subscribing to the club is a great way to try film types you may not otherwise buy, or to reacquaint with an emulsion you’ve not shot in years. Certain months, the film type we send subscribers may be one that you’re used to, but others may be totally new to you! The surprise is part of the fun.
Next, the exclusive Facebook group will provide a focused forum for sharing our shots and discussing development processes. Later, when we launch the Camera Club subscription service, it will provide a place to talk about the cameras as well (more on this in three weeks).
Lastly, and importantly (for us), is what your subscription means to us here at CP. The Film of the Month Club doesn’t just net our subscribers a roll of film every month and provide us all a quiet place to chat, it helps make Casual Photophile sustainable and provides us with reliable monthly income that we can use to produce more content for the photography community. We hope that you value this (if you don’t, we’re not doing our jobs very well).
We did this on Patreon over a year ago, and it was a success. People subscribed and stayed subscribed, so we know that they liked the service. However, Patreon as a distribution platform is not ideal for a number of reasons. By launching our own service, we’re able to offer the subscription at a price that’s 33% lower than what we were able to offer on Patreon. Additionally, shipment will be faster and more consistent (film will ship automatically within 24 hours of subscription renewal compared to seven to ten days with Patreon). Lastly, using the same platform that we use for our shop will streamline things on the backend here, which doesn’t matter much to the subscriber, but is nice for our business!
That’s the end of the announcement. Whether you join the club or not, I’m sending a personal “thank you” from me (James), and the rest of the crew here at CP.
Thanks for reading the site. Happy shooting.