Expose for shadows/highlights

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tassienick Senior Member • Posts: 1,515
Re: right, except that it's underexpose

brandon77 wrote:

tassienick wrote:

brandon77 wrote:

Svein Eriksen wrote:

How did you convert this to digital? Agree it's too bright, but I doubt there are blown highlights.

I just got the lab to send me the files on dropbox

Have you seen the negs?

No, I never get them back after

Request to get them back after (any good lab will give them back). You can tell a lot more from the neg than the scan.

Its difficult to judge exposure based on lab scans because they’re working to what they *think* you want to see, and the end result of the scan may not represent the actual negative.

Your example of the portrait looks well exposed (there’s no blown highlights), but the file looks fairly typical of the high key aesthetic that seems to dominate film photography these days.

As an aside, when metering a white body in full sunlight I would generally go one or two stops under. If the meter is correct for the background (which is most of the scene), the subject is going to be over.

So I change my rating of film?

Yes and no.

Generally speaking, learn the idiosyncrasies of your metering method. In some situations, it will tend to overexpose, while in others it will under expose. Learn to predict this and adjust your exposure shot by shot depending on the light and subject.

While learning, I’d strongly recommend recording exposure info for each shot, including any compensation if using auto. You can do this in a note book or use an app (I use Nossaflex). Then compare your exposure settings to the negative, and if it looks out see if there’s anything that might have thrown out the metering.

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