Lately, I've only been shooting film. Clearly, I have a long way to go and I will be the first to say I have no idea what I'm doing, but am excited to continue pushing, exploring, and learning. Every once in a while I DO step back and say to myself "are you CRAZY?!? Don't you think you should nail down PHOTOGRAPHY before you try to learn FILM?!?!" but I don't listen. I'll never give up digital and will always use and love it, but right now I'm enjoying spending a little down-time shooting personal rolls and waiting to develop. Both for the images to be done and my skills to show up. I've had several people email me and say they're gung-ho about film too, and woooohooooooo! If you have any tips to share, please do! Like I said, I still have a lot to learn, like, the entire process, but here's what I've got going on so far:
Film: Portra 400 or Fuji 400H (each gives you a different look color wise...or so I've read.)
Camera: Canon EOS-1VN (Got this body for next to nothing on consignment at Bigg's Camera in Charlotte. I love that I can use my current digital lenses with it, and there isn't a huge learning curve like with a medium format camera. I've already got enough to learn right now, thank you, but one day a Contax may be fancy.)
Methods: Ah, not much really right now. I've been shooting in Aperture Priority and changing my aperture based on the depth of field that I want, but mainly the light. Also, I've been overexposing the film, so say the film I put in is 400 speed. Well, I use that film, but set the ISO on the camera to a lower ISO, like 200, so the camera overexposes the image. Different films work better with more/less overexposing, so it varies. And I'll say, really, I don't know what I'm doing with it just yet. And metering? Psst. I should, but thus far I don't even know where to begin with a hand meter. I did have a friend, Candice Benjamin, recommend metering a shot with her digital camera and then setting her film camera to those same readings. That sounded legit, but right now I'm not crazy about TWO giant cameras in tow. With my lipgloss, moleskin, iphone, random missing earrings, water bottle, wallet, Hunger Games, Maui Babe Browning Lotion, and beach towel, my bag already weighs a ton.
Developing: Richard Photo Lab is great, but I don't have the patience nor the moolah to send my rolls of "learners" off to them right now, so I've been using 1 Hour photo at Ritz Camera and it's the BOMB! Seven dolla' make you holla.
Editing: NONE. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch. BOOMMMMSHACKALACKA and that's REALLY why I love film. But still, these colors aren't exactly what I'm going for, but in due time...
Resources: Jose Villa's book is amazing and Jonathan Canlas had the FIND Guide published (which is no longer. He is working on something new, but if you can get your hands on it, it's a helpful start!). His twitter and blog help with tips and tricks, but honestly, I feel like I'm JUST learning so there's still, for me, a lot of cross-googling to be done there.
If you have any resources to share or a blog post of film shots of your own, share in the comments! OH! & Can I get a shout out to the Japanese girl who DIDN'T give me the traditional peace sign but the Shaka? Way to take a risk, girlfriend! hahaah.