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?

bford wrote:

Mark Smith wrote:

bford wrote:

Mark Smith wrote:

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...

I'm guessing the person up top was referring to photographers shooting 35mm. There is truth to that in that case.

I'm guessing he didn't mean 'professional' then because there were very few pros using 35mm for weddings back in the day, it wasn't common until the late 1990's and then far from the normal

35mm was most certainly heavily used for weddings.

Not until the films got good enough to make an 8x10 without grain. I never heard of a serious pro shooting on 35mm 'till the mid 1990's and then only for reportage.

The problem with 35mm is you're limited to a maximum 8x12" which meant re-prints were a big problem, most of the money i made was from large prints.

So amateurs used 35mm pro's rarely at least none that I knew-and I shot weddings for nearly 30 years and owned a lab in that time I probably saw a handful of 35mm weddings.

So no it wasn't 'heavily' used the tool of choice for most Pro's was a 6x6 camera.

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