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Beauty of Film

Film is gorgeous. Sometimes we can't put a finger on why exactly, but we all love it. Most amazingly, film is indiscriminate. It doesn't care what camera it's in as long as it's well exposed. Sure, the lens you use might make a bit of a difference. The aperture you adjust will effect the overall feel of the final image. But in a world where every digital sensor fights to be the best and beat out the competition next to it, film doesn't care what camera it's in. You're going to get the same color and response to light no matter what's around it. The only thing that's left is to choose the best tool for your needs. That's the true beauty of film.

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Kodak Ektar 100


Cool Shadows + Warm Highlights = Better-Than-Reality Dreamland

Kodak Ektar 100 is a gorgeous, essential film that's still -- thank goodness -- produced today. Its extremely fine grain makes it ideal for larger prints from any format, but it's the color bias behind the high saturation that really spells the magic for this film. Cold shadows and warm, golden highlights form a better-than-reality air in the atmosphere of photographs shot on Ektar 100. The film is particularly suitable for morning and evening photography to capture moody landscapes (the image at the top of this page was also shot on Ektar 100). In addition, it is well-suited to lifestyle and portrait photography to the extent that it is used illustratively, as it may be considered too biased to be used as a true documentary-style film. Ektar 100 is available in all of the most popular formats: 35mm, 120, 4x5, and 8x10.

Fujifilm Velvia 50 and Velvia 100


Super Saturated Slide Film for Gorgeous Landscapes

If you shoot film, you've heard of Velvia. Currently available in ISO 50 and ISO 100 flavors, Velvia is the standard for those highly saturated sunset landscapes you see all over the Internet. Used correctly, it can bring out the vivid greens of the most luscious grasses and punchy reds of the setting sun. Its look might not be perfectly reproductive of the original environment, but the increased color saturation compensates for the lack of input from the other senses when viewing the final photograph in a way that helps provide the same feeling you had when you were there taking the shot. Velvia films are more appropriate for grand vistas than for portraits, but that's not to say you can't experiment a bit. Velvia 50 and 100 are available in all of the most popular formats: 35mm, 120, 4x5, and 8x10.

Fujifilm Pro 400H


Medium-Speed Negative Film for a Softer Look in Bright Sunlight

Fujifilm Pro 400H is a medium-speed, general-purpose film with an interesting strength: in harsh sunlight, the film takes on a slightly softer and more cyan tint that gives a superbly pleasing calm to what would normally be a contrast nightmare. Skin tones appear softer and perhaps a hair less saturated with Pro 400H, but colors still remain vivid despite its unique profile. While Pro 400H performs well in a variety of environments, it still does not, however, exhibit the extreme exposure latitude in the shadows that gives Kodak Portra 400 its lead on flexibility. Still, Pro 400H is largely appreciated for its ability control highlights, which further allows the film to tolerate high-contrast environments. Fujifilm Pro 400H is available in both 35mm and 120 formats.

More to Come


More Film Profiles and Samples Will Come

The above are a few examples and profiles of several more color-saturated films. This section will be filled much more in the near future as the building and development of this site continues.