I'm transitioning from digital s16 raw to s16 film on my next project and having trouble grasping metering and exposure technique for film. I was wondering if there are any good resources out there folks might suggest? Material online is skint comparatively, I have ordered some books, am reading up as much as I can and will be practicing and testing prior to the shoot, but I'm trying to lessen my learning curve. Am I on the right track? my takeaways so far:
* (generally) Expose for the shadows, not highlights like you would for digital. Film suffers more from underexposure than over
* Overexpose 1/3 to 1/2 stop for a nicer images and a more forgiving margin for error.
I will be shooting talent, mostly outdoors in the desert, magic hour wherever possible, scanning and doing post in digital. To that end I chose Vision 3 250D (over 200T filtered for extra juice before losing light) with tiffen ultracontrast filters. I plan to shoot a test roll on location soon. Hopefully, that will help me understand a little better.
I am very used to exposing raw to hold highlights (particularly the sky when outdoors) then bringing up mids and shadows in post. A half blown out sky in digital is a death sentence, fully blown can work in a pinch if out of focus. This is my biggest concern, exposing for talent outdoors and then having the sky half blowout in some un-usable way, how do you guys handle this? It's terrifying.
How many stops over and under do you find tolerable? particularly on talent.
Do you have a quick metering technique you use to get started ?
I will be learning to use a incident and spot metering, but is there any uses for a dslr or s16 raw digital camera to help judge the final image? I heard Mathew Libatique used a DSLR snap at times when shooting Black Swan to give an idea of final image.
Apologies for the glut of questions, outside this forum, it really is difficult to find satisfying information online for shooting film.
Thanks in advance for any wisdom.
Edited by Luke Randall, 08 November 2015 - 04:09 PM.