Question for those who are both digital and film

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  1. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    I am thinking about getting my dad to bring his old yaschica mat camera next time he visits me here in NZ.

    i was wondering if you any of you film photogs take a pic with your digital to first to set up a shot with your film camera to get a sneak peak at what shot might look like.

    A friend of mine has small kodak digi viewfinder that has an excellent display panel that i though might be kinda good for this.

    Is it too much work and not worth the effort? Just curious.
     
  2. doxx

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    I don't do 'digital previews' of my film shots because of the different
    photographing experience. Since I shoot film with a rangefinder the
    handling is just way different to my digital SLR and I think I shoot a
    different style with each camera.
    On the other hand I would not use the rangefinder in the studio.

    Many photogs with medium formar cams use Polaroid backs to check
    the lighting right away - kinda similar to your idea.
     
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    it's a matter of preference, really. and in this case, preference usually
    means what one has been taught or has become accustomed.


    for me it very simply comes down to photography: knowing light. to learn the principles of light (eg - inverse square law of light) is all that you really need to know. if you can work with light, then what's left? what you see through the viewfinder. with lighting 'under your belt', all that is left is to look through the camera and be concerned only with composition.

    what does this do for you? well, allow me...


    studio example: if i know that i want a pure white background, then it needs to read at least 4 stops above the metered face exposure. if it reads 3 stops above, then i know that by moving the background lights closer by half the current distance doubles the amount of light, i can adjust. over time, you will know exactly where to put light and will not need to preview. with landscapes, well, you either wait out the situation or move your butt and gear or come back another day.

    different strokes, as it goes....
     
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    when i first got my film camera .. i kept looking at the back to check for the image :lol: ... now i dont even look at the back of my digital camera anymore, i was just thinking today i will turn the preview display off my ditial to save on the batteries (sucks the blood out of batteries)

    film forces me to pay attention without getting a preview .. thats a good thing for me.. i got a little lazy there for a minute :lol:
     
  5. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    thanks dew, doxx and motcon all that was very helpful :)
     

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