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.