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Re: filmscanners: Getting started question



Frank wrote:

>1. Should I be using cheap film/processing during this learning phase or is
this a bad thing which will cause me to develop bad habits?

Cheap film doesn't act that much differently from ordinary film, except that 
the Quality Control isn't as good. The single caution I would make, re 
"cheaping out" on processing, is that you'll ocassionally shoot something 
really good, if only by accident ( :-) ), and incompetent processing could 
screw it up. Not that you have to use a "Pro" lab,  but use a good one.

Best regards--LRA


>From: "Frank Nichols" <frank@theNichols.net>
>Reply-To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
>To: "Filmscanners@Halftone. Co. Uk" <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
>Subject: filmscanners: Getting started question
>Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 14:20:59 -0600
>
>Hi,
>
>I have posted a few times before and received very helpful responses. So, I
>thought I would ask a real basic question...
>
>Background:
>
>I am just starting out with both photography and scanning. I am on a very
>limited budget, so I am using my wife's Canon EOS Rebel 2000 and an Acer
>Scanwit 2720s. I splurged (way over budget) for Adobe Photoshop 6.0 -
>figuring I could resell it if I loose interest, or if I go on, it will 
>scale
>to anything I want to do, and if/when I buy better cameras and scanners (or
>digital cameras - my dream right now is a Canon D30) it will handle 
>anything
>I try to do.
>
>I am trying to shoot 2 to 3 rolls each weekend and then scan the results.
>Each time I learn a little more about film, processing (where I get it
>developed) and scanning and it's limitations, at least with the Scanwit. My
>approach so far is to buy cheap film at the discount outlets and use the
>cheapest processing I can find, because I am not interested in selling (or
>even keeping) the results. I am just trying to understand things like
>exposure, depth of field, grain, composition etc. Occasionally I will shoot
>two rolls looking for differences in the film - for example Kodak Gold 100
>vs. Fugi Provia 100F, and in these cases I use a "good" processing lab - at
>least the shop sells and caters to professionals, so I assume it is better
>than the grocery store. (And they charge about 4 times more just for
>developing!)
>
>Questions: (from a scanning perspective)
>
>1. Should I be using cheap film/processing during this learning phase or is
>this a bad thing which will cause me to develop bad habits?
>
>2.Should I be sticking to a single film and learning how to use it and then
>moving on to other etc.?
>
>Help!
>
>TIA
>
>Frank Nichols
>

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