Tips on Film Photography

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Today’s feature is from Barb Shoop.

Barb says:

“This submission is just a few frames of my six-year-old twins. I try to photograph them at least once a month. I can usually only shoot about one roll of film before they’re completely out of control and I can’t get a single frame in focus. They are very close and I often photograph them hugging and kissing each other.”

Barb’s Photography Tip:

This was shot on Fuji 400H film. The secret to shooting this film (and with Kodak Portra films as well) is to overexpose it, because the Fuji 400H has a soft, pastel look when overexposed in soft light like this session. How much depends on the film stock and the lighting conditions, but generally, one to three stops will produce well-exposed images.

This shoot was shot in late evening just before the sun went down so I rated my film at 200 (overexposed by one stop), took a meter reading in the shadows with a hand-held light meter, and set the aperture and shutter speed on my Contax.

The Contax can be quite difficult to focus at f/2, but when you get it right, the look is soft and dreamy with the subject in sharp focus.

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Barb used a Contax 645 with a Zeiss 80mm f/2 lens to capture these images.

Barb Shoop is a Central Pennsylvania Wedding and Family Portrait photographer.

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