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MF Film - again
Old 10-24-2004, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Asked about films once before but I couldn't find the thread. I've been using Velvia for landscapes and buildings but I think with it's exaggerated tones it would be bad for people.

I'm not impressed with what I see of others' work with Kodak Portra. Compare/contrast Provia and Astia. What are their properties, which renders skin tones most accurately, etc.

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Re: MF Film - again
Old 10-24-2004, 08:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love Velvia for people as long as you know how to use it. Knowing that it can be very warm, I can use it without filtration around water, and anywhere in the afternoon as long as the surroundings are not warm-toned like brown rocks. Can't use it at or close to sunset, nor do I use it in studio (my strobes and softboxes are a little warm) but I do use it with unfiltered ringflash because the ringflash's color is so cool (slightly blue). Now I like warm skin tones on the models anyway, so if necessry I can tweak it in PS. Here's three examples of Velvia 50 (I haven't used the 100 yet) with no filteres. The top & middle shot have only daylight and a silver krinkle foil reflector, bottom shot is ringflash.

My new normal film (any time Velvia won't work, all other interior shoots, shooting at sunset) is Provia. I had a big problem recently with Astia (I did a big post on that recently) so for the moment, Provia it is.

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Old 10-31-2004, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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In my opinion and experience Astia (the current, 100F version) is the single best E6 film for people and fashion yet made. Very smooth tonal gradation, neutral color balance, very fine grain, moderate contrast and saturation that can fairly easily be exaggerated or reduced to a certain degree, and, most especially, very smooth, pleasing skin tones.

By contrast, Provia (100F) is a bit stronger in contrast and saturation, a bit redder, tends to pop greens which is often pleasing in landscape and general editorial/advertising useage but is often distracting in shooting people, and with so-so skin tone reproduction.

It's an over-simplification but it wouldn't be terribly inaccurate to say that Provia lies somewhere in between Astia and Velvia on Fuji's spectrum.


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