Thursday, July 23, 2009

John's portrait of me

John likes digital. I like film. I don't know if we'll ever settle this. I guess that fact that we don't have a dark room is a start. Someone told me in class yesterday that companies were going to discontinue all film. I really hope not! John: "Film is dead!" Me: "No it's NOT!!"

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5 comments:

Amanda said...

film seems to capture light better. it's not as convenient though. and more expensive.

have you figured out how to get digital to correctly capture the lighting? i always look at nicole hill's photos or kylie nixon and see how pretty and light their pictures are. i can't do that.

Melinda said...

You might know this, but playing with the White Balance settings can help, as well as bracketing your shots. Other than that I'm 99% sure most of their good lighting comes from photoshop layers. A more expensive lens and camera can capture light better. The size (as in the physical square inches) and the quality of the sensor make a difference.
John is sitting here and wanted to add: "Film without a darkroom requires just as much photoshop as digital does." This makes me sad.
If you have control of the machines and chemicals that process and print your film, you also get better lighting results (like Leo Patrone). Also, good photolabs can get you good results on film without a dark room (Johnathan Canlas). This can get expensive though. Photoshop is expensive up front ($650 for CS4 on amazon). John says there is an open source alternative called Gimp that works similarly to photoshop. He can tell you how to download it. That's probably more than you ever wanted to hear!

Amanda said...

no. that is not enough. we will talk when we are in utah. yes :)

Amanda said...

don't know what bracketing is. but i do know white balance. i play with the fstop, ISO and the other one to try to keep the photos lighting correct. maybe i just ned to use better lighting time of days to get the photos the look i like. the lighting is correct on the photos-i have found that i can't lighten them up however without it overexposing it...do you know what i mean? i have noticed some photographers can get amazing colors and definition AND light-so no overexposure. maybe it's adobe then that we need. but so expensive! i'm stopping now. i'm crazy giddy. sorry. :)

Melinda said...

I think I'd be giddy too if I were you and finished that super long dissertation. When you come we'll talk about bracketing. Does your camera have a light meter? One tip, when you shoot in digital it's always better to under expose by one stop. It's the opposite in film, you overexpose by one. Hope that helps!