8x10 Chrome Photography
I enjoy shooting 8x10 as an amatuer. Lately I've been getting the itch to shoot chrome in 8x10. Other than shooting it just because I'd like to is there a more practical side to shooting chrome in this size. It is quite expensive and I'd like some input from the forum on the matter.
I don't think there is anything practical about shooting 8x10 chromes. Fun and worthwhile maybe, but not practical unless you are wealthy. I bought a single package of 8x10 Velvia years ago and never even used it.
Why would you buy a box of 8x10 Velvia and never use it?
I like shooting chromes because... well... you can look at it! For me, 4x5" E6 is way preferable to C41 since I'm scanning; so having a chrome is in itself something to look at.
I shot Trannie for years and I must say the quality is about as good as it gets it is also easier to scan and there is less grain, There is a trend to shoot neg for its muted colour range and wider latitude particularly in the fine art market and some find e6 a bit shouty so it could be said that the choice of film is as much about subject as output. I would suggest that so long as your metering is accurate there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from shooting trannies. On the cost front e6 is a lot less than neg and you do not need a contact to see what you have.
Worth a try at least once, I think. The film is expensive but processing is not if you do it yourself. I can develop 40 sheets with a Tetenal 3 bath kit. The results will be *awe*.
sometimes I buy stuff and dont use it. It happens.
With such a big format, you might want to ensure your exposures on chrome are spot on, rather than "near enough" — especially if you intend to print. No slavish airs and graces in terms of latitude as with C41 are afforded with chrome, and this is where exposure errors can make the process much more expensive than originally anticipated. :)
I love your picture!
Originally Posted by Palantiri7