2010-07-09

Film Photography is Kicking My A...

Film photography is really kicking my butt. Some of the lessons I've learned from shooting film:

1. Get the basic before experimenting.
In digital photography experimentation is actually quite helpful. It flattens the learning curve and you figure out quickly what works and what doesn't. In film photography experimenting too early will lead to frustration and wasted time and money. Work on the basics before experimenting with different film and chemicals.

2. Get a book or a tutor.
Stumbling around is not a good way to learn darkroom. Either get a good book or a tutor to help you figure out what you're doing. After fumbling around for a year I finally went out and got a copy of "The Darkroom Handbook" by Michael Langford. I wish I'd bought this book a year ago. It would have saved me a lot of frustration.

3. Read the directions.
Read the directions that come with your film and chemicals. I only found out recently that paper developer is only good for 24 hours after dilution. D'oh! I've been reusing my paper dev and couldn't figure out why my prints looked like crap.

I guess it's all part of the learning process.

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