I like this still life a bit better than yesterday’s. Still just average, but my plane of focus is more aligned with the key subjects in the photo – the frog and the guitar player’s face. Shooting with film, I have to just guess at my settings and I don’t get feedback until I process the film in a couple of days. When I first started shooting large format work I could use a polaroid back to check the image, but polaroid film that fits a 4×5 camera is extremely difficult, if not impossible to find. There is a kickstarter project trying to bring back polaroid film but that could be a while in the making and the film is going to be expensive. So for now I can shoot digital to test lighting and such, but to there is not a good way to get an exact replica prior to exposing film. So that means to experiment, I gotta shoot, process the film, and in a day or so see what mistakes I made – a much longer feedback cycle compared to shooting digital.
About James Pratt
I am an Oklahoma based writer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer and adventurer based in Oklahoma City. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes. My editorial photography has been published in hundreds of magazines and my commercial photography has been used by dozens of companies worldwide.