Damian75 wrote in post #12059438
If a client came to you to do a shoot with studio lights be it in studio or on location, but had one stipulation, the shoot must be done on film. How confident are you in your skills, can you nail the shots without being able to review them and make adjustments. Would you take a paying gig with this stipulation? I am just curious in this modern age where so my emphasis is put on post production just how solid are your photography and lighting basics.
This is based on at least two incorrect assumptions.
The first assumption is that "studio shoots" using film have been limited in the number of exposures. Even in the era when medium format film was the preferred medium for studio photography, there was a method to get instant feedback to confirm exposure, lighting and framing was correct -- instant Polaroid film. Photographers would use Polaroid film of the same speed as the medium format film, shoot test frames using the Polaroid film, check the test frames on the spot to make sure that the lighting setup was correct, and then use the preferred medium format film for the working exposure. Even with the Polaroid tests, the most effective studio photographers would expose dozens or hundreds of frames to get a handful of good images. Also, bracketing of images didn't just start when digital cameras were invested: that's a technique carried over from the film era.
The second incorrect assumption is that post-production somehow began with digital cameras. Film editing is older than rollfilm, and reprocessing of actual negatives was an art and science long before digital imaging was born. Basic techniques such as burning and dodging were fundamental elements of editing images before the Speed Graphic era, and the initial releases of programs such as Photoshop mimicked the common film editing techniques. Again, "post production" wasn't just invented in the last ten years.
This comment is based on the assumption that there's some sort of technical or artistic superiority in taking as few pictures as possible to satisfy an imaginary client. Whether large format film, medium format film or any of the many digital formats has been used, the most important factor is being effective.