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    My first films...advice appreciated :)

    I have recently purchased a Pentax k1000, and a P30n. I shot 4 films, 3 kentmere 400 b&w and 1 Fomapan b&w. I am aware i have a lot to learn, and am the definition of an amateur photographer. Therefore i wasn't sure what to expect, but nevertheless the results disappointed me. This may somewhat be down to the results i have seen from other people using the same cameras as me. I don't know whether or not the unsatisfactory results were down to me (i did use one of the kentmere 400s on a sunny day), the film, something to do with the cameras, or the photo lab i used. A few slides were blank white, and a few had parts whited out. A lack of quality, and sharpness is also apparent. If anyone could shed some light, in the form of friendly advice or even recommending a helpful book/article to help me understand better, it could be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers, Pete
    (the photos attached are examples of above problems)
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    are these negative or print scans? Done by you or the lab? looks mostly like terrible scans to me
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    They look like bad scans to me. That, and those two films can be very grainy/contrasty depending on developer, etc. Don't go cheap on film. There's better places to save money.
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    Could you also describe your metering and shooting technique? Photo 4-5 need a yellow or orange filter to bring more definition to the skies and photo 3 is a light leak, possibly in the camera. Did you develop yourself or a lab?
    Once a photographer is convinced that the camera can lie and that, strictly speaking, the vast majority of photographs are "camera lies," inasmuch as they tell only part of a story or tell it in a distorted form, half the battle is won. Once he has conceded that photography is not a "naturalistic" medium of rendition and that striving for "naturalism" in a photograph is futile, he can turn his attention to using a camera to make more effective pictures.

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    Judging by the size of the dust threads, these are negative scans, and according to the EXIF info they're done with a Fuji Frontier SP-3000 minilab scanner.

    At first glance the grain is quite terrible and also looks smeared. I suspect an incorrectly configured scanner - perhaps infrared dust removal was switched on, or excessive grain smoothing was applied.

    If you can, try to do some scans yourself with dust removal, grain removal & sharpening switched off, and see if you get better results. (Or even better, optical prints, if you have access to a darkroom.) 100 & 400 ISO films should be capable of better than this.

    If photo 3 is the first shot on a roll, it could simply be fogging from when you inserted the film.

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    Technical issues aside for a moment, I really like your compositions in frames #2 and #4.



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    Look good too me!

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    The scans do look pretty rough, but I like the compositions and the exposures seem good; I'd say you're off to a fine start. It's hard to tell if the negatives really are unsharp or if it's just the scans. What lenses are you using?

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    They were developed by ds colour labs. I don't really know my shooting technique.. Amateur remember! Could anyone recommend a good colour film? And if possible a good UK lab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    Technical issues aside for a moment, I really like your compositions in frames #2 and #4.



    Ken
    Yep, looks like he has a good eye.

    Pete, do you have an instruction manual for your camera? Also, what is a "P30n"?

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