Since I’ve been accumulating a bit of photography equipment, I thought it would be a good idea to post a page dedicated to the equipment and process that I use. Here’s my basic workflow:
- Get some film: This is not as easy as it should be anymore. I shoot mostly Fuji Velvia slide film, and it’s getting harder to come by. I usually buy the Velvia from some place online like Adorama or B&H Photo. When I’m not shooting Velvia, my camera is loaded with some type of B&W film. I have found Kodak Tri-X to work the best for my purposes, but I am still working through a few other brands to find the B&W that works best for me.
- Pick a camera: The camera that I use the most right now is the Nikon N80 (because of the spot meter). I also have an N60 (my first SLR), two Yashica Electro35 cameras and a Mamiya 645 medium format camera system with several lenses
- Pick a lens: The workhorse for most of my photos is a Nikkor 28-200mm lens. I also use a wide angle 24mm for some landscape shots. The Mamiya has a telephoto, normal, and wide angle lens – I have found the normal lens work the best for me so far.
- Take some pictures – I’ll have to add a few steps on filters later.
- Get the film developed – I was using Colonial Photo & Hobby to develop and scan my film, but it was too expensive. Also, the scans were a bit dusty – I expected more for $14/roll to develop, scan, and mount. Now I use Fuji mailers to get my film processed – Still under $6 with stamps included. I get back a box of slides in 1-2 weeks.
- For B&W film, I’m using Southerlands Photo here in Huntsville. I have been satisfied with their service and their prices.
- Check out the slides – I use a lightbox to go through the slides and toss the bad ones. Half of the fun for me is the things I get to do after I get the film developed.
- Scan the good ones – I am currently using an Epson V700 scanner
for all of my film. It will scan up to a 8×10 transparency, so it works well for my medium format film as well as 35mm. I use a 4800dpi resolution for shots that I intend to print and a lower resolution for others.I was using a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV – that’s a long name for a film scanner – that I got for Christmas in 2006
- Post/Print – You can see how the posting goes. I also have a Canon PIXMA printer that can print as good as anything I’ve seen from a lab. Comes in handy for Christmas cards too.