It took many years of shooting before I began to realize why I was not satisfied with my work. I discovered that it was not the photography that I was dissatisfied with, but the format. I realized the limits imposed by a single 35mm frame were not allowing me to film what I was seeing LeRoy Zimmerman
35mm film vs Digital
Welcome back to part two! We’re are continuing our discussion about ’35mm film vs. digital photography’
Back in the day taking the picture was not the first step with a film camera. The 1st step was to figure out what film you’re were going to put in the camera. As a digital photographer, we grab the camera and head out the door, back in 70-80-90s you had to put some thought into what you were about to shoot. Often photographers would preload their camera with their favorite film whether it was color or black-and-white.
What was Lars’s favorite film, Kodachrome, why? He loved the colours, one of his many tricks was to slightly underexpose the shot this would increase the color saturation. It was a beautiful, beautiful film because the colours just popped. Yellows, reds, greens, you name it, they just popped! Another favorite of his was Fujifilm Velvia (ISO 50), and it was an E-6 process film. Which means you could have it developed almost anywhere and again it is very highly saturated. If you just slightly underexpose you could increase that saturation quite a bit. Back then photographers used various favorite films types, each with a particular style.
One of the things most pro photographers would do before the digital age was test different types of films. Which was good, you got to know them very well and with practice you knew which work well in various situations. You picked the right film for the right job. It was quite a process, testing, testing, testing, but it wasn’t a bad process you learned more about the medium and you became a much more skilled photographer as a result. Nowadays a lot of photographers shoot in raw and seem to forget that a photography starts with the camera. Programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. Before everything had to be done in-camera, take slide film for example once it was developed that’s it, that’s your final image you can’t go back and fix it.
Back then when you developed film you had to understand that the colour chemistry was dangerous, it is notorious for and can cause cancer, black and white didn’t seem to have the same issue, but still not a good idea to keep your hands soaking in the chemicals all day. When developing black and white, you’re going to get your hands in the chemical, its part of the process.
We would produce three or four sheets at a time. While the paper was in the tray, you just keep re-stacking them, one on top of the other. This is how we would agitate the sheets. We would do this in complete darkness, why? Because you can’t develop film with a safe light.
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