Push Portra 400 or just underexpose?

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by tron_, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. tron_

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    Tomorrow I will be going out to shoot in an area I know I will need 800 or 1600 speed film. The only color film I have right now is Portra 400. Keeping in mind this will be shot in 120 format, do you guys think I should push the film with longer development times or just underexpose it?

    Thanks!
     
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    I shoot at 1600 and develop normally. Portra 400 has phenomenal latitude. You can also push process and that works as well. Pretty forgiving stuff.

    I have read that it will go to 3200 but I have not tried to do it myself. Hmm..I may have to try that out during my next color developing run. :smile:

    Edit - Keep in mind that I scan my color work. Not sure what will happen if you print in color in the darkroom.
     
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    Base your "push" or "do not push" decision as much on the inherent contrast of the scene and the light as on the light levels.

    A push increases contrast, but doesn't increase sensitivity (much).
     
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    I've pushed Portra 400 to 800 on 35mm and it was usable. Hmm... maybe I should just develop normally at 800 ASA...