Thought I would try something new by taking a picture of my process/set up before shooting a particular shot. I have not been doing this often since I usually like to shoot through the viewfinder but whenever I get the chance I will be posting on here.
Here are just a few examples:
One of the biggest downsides of shooting film is the time it takes to complete a roll and get it developed. This roll took almost a month to complete but the results definitely made it worth it.
Downtown Long Beach: I had to wait about an hour to submit in some plans to City Hall in Long Beach so I used that time to explore the vicinity.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph tea products for a friend who’s planning on opening an e-commerce store. This was my first impromptu product shoot and considering the restricted environment and equipment available, I’m satisfied with the results. With that said, here a couple things that I will need to improve for future product shoots.
1. Lighting: I didn’t like how inconsistent the lighting varied between each product. It made it very hard during post process to make every image consistent.
2. Attention to detail: Small details like not wiping the cup clean from water droplets greatly affects the images. Another issue I noticed after I finished was that I didn’t take into account my surrounding when I went for low angle shots.
3. Set aside enough time: I definitely need to take into account how much time it takes when doing any photoshoot. Being pressed on time, 10 different tea products, and a stuffy room made me want to get the shoot over with halfway in.
4. Research! I will be researching how a specific product is photographed and represented through social media sites to get a better idea of what I should be doing.
I wanted to try something new since I have recently gotten into film photography. Here are the shots I took on my Nikon F3T that ended up being pretty good. Surprisingly, I was able to get some great shots just on my second roll of film. Be sure to check out my first experimental roll post, with that being said – Film Roll #2 Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
I figured the best way to learn film photography was to just go out and shoot. I didn’t care about getting good shots but focused on playing around with the controls and see what works or don’t work. Here are the shots I took with my very first film roll. I did not expect much at all but I was surprised at how good some of the images came out. With my second roll I was able to get a lot more usable and better photos which can be seen here (will update when the post is up). My advice to anyone starting to learn film I think the best way is to experiment with your first roll. It’s like with any technology you mess around with the device and see what it can/can’t do and move on from there. With film it will be a little harder because you don’t know how it will come out until you process them (usually 1-5 days depending on the place).
For the past month or so, I decided to dive into the world of film photography and it has been a great and rewarding experience so far. I had the urge to try it out last year but did not go through with it. However, last month a friend of mines was thinking about trying film photography so I decided to join her. Luckily I was able to get ahold of my dad’s Nikon F3T which has probably not been used for 15+ years. Might as well make good use of a beautiful camera. With some new batteries and 4 rolls of film, I began to use the first roll as my experimental roll to become familiar with the controls, exposure, and overall handling of the camera.