This week’s learnings - film photography

Clean my negative scanner regularly… all of it

I have been getting these lines across all my scans for those that were in the bottom row of the 35mm negative tray for my Epson V550. I was sitting there writing to Epson support, having cleaned the document bed numerous times to no avail. Then it dawned on me… there’s the window on top of the scanner lid. I cleaned that real quick… and, no more lines!

With a wide-open aperture, I risk missing focus at a higher rate

I still have to remind myself of this and I still disregard it too often. I know this goes for digital as well, but with film, I rely on the focusing screen and not such technological tools as focus peaking or enhanced zoom. Even when there’s enough available light that I can be at f4 or f5.6, I still make the mistake of shooting at f1.4 or f1.8 – and if my focus is not dead on, I pay for it. My goal for the next two weeks is to not shoot at those low apertures. Here’s photo evidence of big miss.


Don’t judge a film based on one roll

My first roll of Kodak ColorPlus 200 came out very… meh. I shot it on an overcast day with a lot of flat light. And, quite honestly, the subject matter of my roll just wasn’t that interesting, in retrospect. However, I was not really looking forward to shooting it again. But yesterday, I got back my second roll of Kodak ColorPlus 200 and it was night and day. Nice, even, natural color without being too saturated and it even held up in the shadows okay.