I was asked about learning photgraphy a few times. I always told folks to shoot one type of chrome film only in manual mode and have the film processed by a competent lab. Chromes don't lie. I told them, after learning exposure with chromes, learning to shoot and process b&w would be a lot easier.
Probably good advice. If you can nail chromes you can nail anything. (obviously with different exposure criteria for each kind of film or capture)
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