Studio shooting with film:

For this assignment we had to shoot on film to be able to process some film. For the assignment we were asked to shoot black and white portraits, with a range of studio lighting.

I found the studio shoot very interesting, as I am very interested in portraiture. However, there was a learning curve with shooting in film: you couldn’t see the image that you captured until the film has been developed. This means if you don’t set the camera shot up correctly, you have wasted an image on the film. The idea in photography that “every camera shot must count” was emphasized, because of the cost of film and processing.

We used a range of studio lighting to light the sitter within the frame. This lighting was planned in the diagram below, showing how I lit the sitter. We used a hard light on the background, so that the sitter was silhouetted against the light. Then we used a soft light on the sitter, to light the detail on the sitter’s face and create an atmosphere.

DiagramWe used a 22mm Prime Lens with a “lowish” aperture of f/2.0. This gave the portraits we shot a shallow depth of field. Our film SLR was fully manual, and I had trouble with manual focus as I have trouble with my eyesight.

You will have to wait until my shots have been processed before you can see the end result. Fortunately I have shot some of the shots on a DSLR so I could check the exposure was relatively correct for the film SLR.

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