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Best 35mm film for glamour photography
Old 10-16-2004, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have always used Kodak film but would like to try something different. I still prefer film over digital.

What experience have people had with Fuji? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
 
 
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Old 10-16-2004, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been a Fuji user for years. Try Provia F in 100 for studio and 400 for location.

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Old 10-16-2004, 05:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I happen to enjoy shooting Fuji Provia 100....which I have found to have a true rating of iso 64... It is nice and warm...and very brilliant stuff..

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Old 10-16-2004, 06:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use Velvia 50 ( now replaced by Velvia 100). It is flawless once you get the
exposures down. It's been my film of choice 90 % of the time. Sometimes I go
kodachrome 25 ( I had bought tons of it long ago) but it's expensive to process.

I still use negative film on occasion. I tend to go to Agfa Ultra 50 or it's
equivalent. I also use Kodak UC (Ultra Color) 100.

T-max 100 for B & W work.
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Re: Best 35mm film for glamour photography
Old 10-16-2004, 07:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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As one of the few film guys around here..... I'm currently using Fuji Provia 100 as my "if I could only have one film" choice. I normally use Velvia 50 (soon to be 100 I guess - I have a lot of 50 sitting here) outdoors around water. I think it works well because of the higher UV near the water. If in doubt, or late in the day, or near warm-colored rocks or buildings, I would use the Provia. BTW, Astia used to be my film of choice until I got blindsided by color shift they did last year. Before that, I used Kodachrome 64 for late sun and studio. I personally would not use anything 400 ISO unless I really needed the speed for something. I need for my images to be as grainless as possible because I do calendars and posters from them. For what its worth, Playboy uses mostly Kodak products, last I heard it was usually Ektachrome Professional (slightly warmer) or just good old Ektachrome Daylight. I think they tested (and some guys used) the E100 films but I personally think they have some odd color bias' in them and would only use the for effect.

Remember though, that in glamour or fashion, its OK to break the rules. You should experiment to find what you like for certain situations or assignments. I did this shoot of Roxanne Galla at sunset on Ektachrome 160 Tungsten (pushed one or two stops) a few years ago. I was testing - I figured if the light at sunset gets very warm - like tungsten - it can't be that far off.



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Re: Best 35mm film for glamour photography
Old 10-17-2004, 12:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hmmmm. No one is mentioning Fuji Astia. I think it's better than Provia, and Velvia for Glamour work. Can't imagine using Velvia much for Glamour. It's a superb film for lots of things. But, you'll get some really unnatural skin tones with it. Provia is better, but I prefer the skintones from Astia the best.
 
 
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Well I did mention Astia, although it wasn't too favorable unfortunately. For several years, practically since it first came out, it was my film of choice for almost everything (see my other post). But last spring at the beginning of an intense series of stock swimsuit shoots, and just before my trip to Florida, I was doing a shoot at the beach and broke into a new emulsion of Astia. When I got the film back, it looked like the shot on the left below. It only took a couple of PS moves to get it to look like it does on the right, but everything I shot on that film emulsion has that flat green cast like on the left. Obviously I was going nuts (this was a week before going to Florida) and had to figure out the problem. A couple converstations with the Fuji rep confirmed that this was the new "corrected" Astia (he said they made it more neutral)! Ouch! Several film tests later (inlcuding Kodak stuff), I settled on Provia and have been using it ever since. (My old Astia, and the new Provia, look very much like the image below on the right, as they're supposed to). I haven't tested it in the studio (I'm actually going to try that Monday) but as far as I'm concerned Astia is off my list for now. Model is Felicia Tang.



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Re: Best 35mm film for glamour photography
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Hey Steve. For years, I used nothing but VPS by Kodak for portaits. Fuji Astia is a good film, it gives great vivid color. Velvia I call "Disneychrome" due to it giving a very, very saturated color reproduction. I would not use Velvia for portaits of any kind. I like Kodak's new 160 VC for portaits. It repoduces skin tones very acurately. Plus, while Astia is 100 speed (last time I checked) and Velvia is 100 as well, you get a bit more speed and flash distance. Anyhow, I don't want to sound like Fuji makes bad film, they don't both Velvia and Astia are good, solid films, I just think that they are a bit too saturated for portatis.

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I always loved VPS III Professional. My only gripe (and this was just for 35mm) is that the grain would become a little pronounced if you blew it past 11x14 or cropped an image to 11x14. A mild diffusion filter under the enlarger lens killed that though, quick like and in a hurry
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Old 10-18-2004, 12:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Great shot Andy!...and thanks for the info! I'm sure many of us here dig what you have to say!

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