Going from B&W reversal to Color Negative
Posted 12 October 2006 - 09:19 PM
Posted 12 October 2006 - 09:35 PM
The latitude is higher in that the negative must be scanned or printed, which allows a chance to fudge the results. Normaly the lab will select a good transfer/print exposure (called Timing for historical reasons) for you entire shoot. Any variation will be off as much as it would be if shot in B&W reversal, unless they go back and fix it for you.
I am in a film class and so far we have only shot B&W reversal. I want to shoot a project on color negative in November, is there anything I need to know? I have heard the latitude is greater on negative film.
Of course, since you are forever stuck with what you get with B&W reversal, I supose the ability to fiddle at the lab is greater latitude.!
One differnce is that in any reversal film, most of the wiggle room is on the underexposed side. Once you get "clear film" from overexposure, you can't do anything to corect it. Shooting any sort of negative the latitude is to overexposure, and some folks will deliberatly shoot a bit over exposed to be "safe". The negative film is also lower contrast than the reversal, and that leaves a bit more exposure variation room.
Posted 12 October 2006 - 09:45 PM
Posted 13 October 2006 - 06:43 AM
If you have been lighting reversal film with good results, then neg will not be a problem.
You should however keep in mind the differences between color and b&w. Most importantly the fact that things seperate more from each other in color enabling you to light more softly if that suits the mood and artistic intentions of the film.