Five Film Stocks Comparison | Film Photography Education
Sometimes I think that I missed my calling. I really should have been a scientist.
This thought usually comes to me late at night when I'm lying in bed mulling over things.
I run experiments in my head.
I come up with theories and imagine ways to test them.
And then when I finally do drift off to sleep, I dream about my obsessions.
For the last several years my obsession has been shooting film with strobes. I think about it all the time. I read about it. I Google it. I even dream about it. It's a little ridiculous.
A couple weeks ago I became curious about how different film stocks would look when shot with strobes.
I already know that I love the look of Portra 800 when shot with natural light and Fuji 400h is my go-to strobe film... but then I started wondering "how would Portra 800 look with strobe? Or Ektar!! Or.. or..." I'm sure you can see where this is going....
So I decided to run a little test.
Five film stocks all shot with the same light, same backdrop, and same subject.
Here's a bit of what I got! (And yes, I know my doll is super creepy... sorry!)
Okay... this first set was shot with a Contax 645, a 7-foot OctoDome set at 45 degrees to my subject, a dark (Thunder Grey) backdrop and metered for the shadows.
And here's the same set up with a cream backdrop.
Isn't it fascinating?!
And, for those you who want to study this a bit more, you can download the images by clicking on the button below!
Download the Five Film Stock comparison chart here!
Have a great day!
P.S. All images were shot using a Contax 645 and processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.