Processes, Tutorials & Guides

Overexposure latitude or: how to cheat your way to perfect film photography

Film photography doesn’t need to be difficult, in fact in many ways I think it can be much easier than digital. I’ve had a few people ask me recently how I have the guts to shoot film commercially. I’ve got to a stage where even the question seems alien to me, it’s just photography, I’ve been doing it professionally for nearly a decade. But then I remember, if you’d asked me about the idea of specifically shooting film professionally as little as 18 months ago, I’d probably have looked a little more worried. 18 months on I now find it no more of a challenge to get consistent results from film than I do from digital. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the last 2 years – one thing that has taken me from being worried about working as a film photographer, to being completely comfortable and confident in my work – it would be how to properly expose negative film. Actually, let me rephrase that, if there is one thing I have learned it would be how to overexpose negative film.

Metering for Film, Understanding the Basics of Exposure – By JK Lockwood

Shooting film is a challenging process for many new photographers, especially those used to the instant feedback of digital cameras. Modern DSLRs are precision instruments that quite scientifically gather light. Film however is a bit more mysterious. The complete lack of feedback from film, plus multiple film stocks (which all respond differently to light) only adds to the complexity. Additionally, properly exposing color or black and white negative film requires a metering technique that is opposite of exposing a positive image. Permit me to explain.

Understanding lens terminology – Part 2 – Bokeh

This post is the second part in a series of posts looking at the definitions of various lens terminology. In the first part I talked about three subjects, contrast, sharpness and flare. In this part I have managed to construct an entire post on a subject that I find myself quite frequently rolling my eyes at, …

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Understanding Lens Terminology – Part 1 – Sharpness, Contrast, 3d Pop and Flare

I’ve spent a lot of time over the years reading online about lenses. I’ve had an interest in lenses with a discernible character for a good while before I started this blog, and it is an interest I’ve kept since. What this has meant is that to a lesser or greater extent I have fairly …

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Effective Rangefinder Base length

A Quick Guide to a Rangefinder’s Effective Base Length (EBL)

I recently published my thoughts on the Voigtlander R2a and R3a two great cameras that have one major caveat – their short rangefinder effective base length. I’m now in the process of putting together my thoughts on the Leica M3 (edit: you can find my M3 review here), a camera that’s biggest technical advantage is …

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