Panoramic Film Photography With a Mamiya RB67 and Fomapan 400
Panoramic film images didn’t get my attention…
Film Formats – From 35mm to Large Format
How many film formats are there? And what are those? I actually really thought that the only type of film that was still actually used was 35mm or 135 film. And oh boy, was I wrong! Thankfully, there are three major film formats that are still widely produced and used around the world. And we’ll explore each one of them!
Metering Slide Film – A Quick Guide
Exposing and metering negative film is important, true. But exposing and metering slide film is critical. It’s also called positive, transparency or reversal film, but it’s more known as slide film. It is simply beautiful. I don’t know how to explain it better than that. I just get amazed when I grab some developed slide film and put it on a light table. You see each photo exactly the way you saw it when you took the photo. The colors and sharpness are simply amazing. And the grain is almost nonexistent. This all is true if you expose it properly. And that’s when it gets tricky.
Metering Negative Film – A Quick Guide
Exposing and metering negative film is important, although not hard as slide film. If you’re coming from digital photography, you’ll see that you have to change how you expose your shots. What is recoverable in post-editing in digital cannot be recoverable in film and the opposite as well. In this post, I’ll first very briefly explain how digital and film register light for you to understand why their metering should be different. Afterward, I’ll then tell you how we should meter and expose negative film. I’ll talk about reversal film (slides) in another future post.
Film vs Digital – Their Differences
Film really kickstarted photography while digital sensors brought photography to the mainstream. Of course, there were other early photographic processes, such as the Collodion process. However, those are out of the scope of this post. There have been quite some discussions about film vs digital. However, no one ever reached a consensus. Both film and digital sensors have their place in photography. Film is a more personal and artistic medium with which I fell in love with. While digital sensors are a faster, cheaper and versatile medium. After using them both for longer than a year each, I feel comfortable to share how they both differ from each other.
Why Film Photography
Why do I shoot film? At a point in time where everything is digital, there has been a resurgence of old mediums. Such as vinyl records and film photography. I, personally, did have the curiosity to get a film camera – a Yashica Electro 35 GSN – to see what the fuss was all about. And oh boy, did I fell in love with it.