Overexposing Film

You overexpose all film because once you heard somewhere that film needs to be overexposed, is "light hungry", and any time you ask in a photography Facebook group how to expose film, every single response tells you to just go ahead and overexpose. So you do. But do you know WHY you're overexposing? Like, can you explain to someone who doesn't know photography why you overexpose your film? What kind of result are you expecting by overexposing? 

These are things you need to know, rather than simply overexposing because everyone says to. Here's a secret, some films, one in particular, is best for skin tones overexposed by one stop. Most of the others are perfect at box speed. There's a reason the manufacturers say they are the speed they put on the box. CAN you overexpose? Certainly. SHOULD you? Not necessarily. As a professional photographer, you should know WHY you do everything you do. Understanding your tools is essential to producing professional imagery. There's a lot of advice given out of ignorance going around, and lots of opinions on things that may or may not be best for your style or what you're shooting. Opinions are great, but they should be based in knowledge and experience and you should form them for your own work individually. 

We go over metering in depth at the workshop and will be showing lots of examples of different films in different lights with different ratings. There are certainly enough charts on the internet, but I'm going a lot deeper with the examples, and will also be posting one here for the days to come with an explanation for the film I'll be posting, stay tuned!

All of these photos were shot at box speed, can you guess which film each one is? 

-Sarah Collier, Founder