I just finished my last roll from the Portra 400 5 pack that I bought as my first film.
Some thoughts while waiting on the lab.
I clearly have to be better at exposing correctly. I discovered that I’ve been relying on being able to push exposure in Lightroom more than I thought. Often 2/3 stop. A few times more. But it has never really mattered. Film, on the other hand, loves light, and I need to give it more. I did a lot of experiments with the remaining rolls. I’ll pick up my learnings, when they return from the lab.
I also noticed that I enjoy the process of photographing more with the film camera. I am forced to think more about my photography because I can’t check right away if the photos are alright. This also means that I’m learning more.
I enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into taking the photo. With the digital M it felt somewhat impossible to make a bad exposure. The camera and Lightroom pretty much nailed it for me. Now, I have to nail it myself. Perhaps, for the first time, I feel that I’m making pictures rather than taking them. Not brilliant pictures, but pictures I made:-)