I am quite new for color negatives. I started to take some test pictures using color negative films about year ago. Before that I did all my color work usin color slides.
With using color slides, it's quite easy to found favorite film or films. You can watch actual picture either at illuminated desk or using projector.
Then you know exactly what you got. If you scan the slide, you can try to tune colors as precise as you want, either similar as original slide have or correct possible color errors.
Now comes the color negative.
So far I don't have possibility to print negatives at darkroom, so I can only develop them by myself and then scan&print using hybrid workflow.
That leads to the question that has been in my head all the time: How should I choose the favorite film?
How will I see the differences between different films? The contrast, the vividness?
These all are things that scanning procedure equalises a much. Not speaking the post processing...
I the darkroom, you can see clearly differences between films in the contrast and color saturation I believe. But how many of color negative shooters will print negatives themself?
So how do you choose your film?
I hear often tips like "Use reala for landscapes", "use portra for portraits", etc.. But when I test these films and scan them, the result at the end is pretty much same.