Film Photography: How any could masrer film and darkroom work?

Started Jul 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Mark Smith Veteran Member • Posts: 6,336
Re: Film Photography: How any could masrer film and darkroom work?

Joe Pineapples wrote:

MisterBG wrote:


Professional photographers used to take hundreds of shots in the hope that a handful met their brief.


That is quite wrong in general.

I used to work with a guy who started a cadetship with the photography bureau of a newspaper, and he would be sent out with a 5x4 press camera and a single film holder to cover some event with the reassuring words "Don't forget you've got a second sheet of film in the other side if you stuff-up the first shot."

The mainstays of quality wedding photography were the Hasselblad and the Mamiya RB67. Try taking "hundreds of shots" for some of the key scenes in a wedding with those fellas!



This was my experience too, I used a Hasselblad and Rolleiflex for nearly all weddings. Often you would be given a limited amount of rolls, most weddings were 3-5 rolls so you'd be given a spare roll in a box with a customer release sheet that they'd sign for extras.

Portraits and commercial were similar, depending on the package.

I can remember taking 4x5 shots of a large country house for an estate agent, the house was valued in the millions, I did it in 3 darkslides (6 shots)

I never shot hundreds just to get 1-2 Ok if I did that I'd have been unemployed quite soon...

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