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Wednesday Film Musings : EMG Workshop Wk 1

As a personal project I’ve wanted to incorporate more film into my personal work. When I began to shoot film again I found it to be a bit overwhelming. So I decided to take a film workshop to help ease me back into the world of film.

A few amazing film photography peers recommended I take the Embrace the Grain Workshop hosted by Joyce Kang. My first attempt to enroll – fail. It sold out in minutes. The next time it came around – I didn’t miss out! And I’m glad I didn’t.

I thought I’d share a bit about my experience. The pros, cons and everything in between. The workshop was five weeks long with four active weeks and a break week. Let’s start with week one.

Week 1 : Black and White Film

In this week the focus was on the zone system and metering for bw film. I shot with a Canon Elan 7 and my Canon 50mm and Sigma 35mm lenses and chose to shoot with Ilford HP5 Plus 400.

This first week was the most difficult for me. Hands down! Why?! Well, I didn’t have my gray card or  handheld light meter yet and it was highly needed for this first week. I made due, using my internal camera meter and the iPhone Light Meter but they weren’t the best solution.

What I learned: 

  1. Zone System: The zone system is hard. I mean it is but it isn’t. Ha. I’m a hands on learner so reading the information was more of a challenge but when I combined that with actual shooting it made a big difference. So if you’re like me, be prepared to read it a few times to get it.
  2. Grain! This film has a lot more grain and you either love it or you don’t. I like it so I didn’t mind the grain but I learned really quick how important it was to nail my exposure .
  3. It’s Okay: I prefer color film over bw. While I like the look of bw images it definitely not my go-to film. I LOVE color and want to spend my time experimenting with color film for now. I still have a few rolls of bw so I’m sure I’ll shoot some here and there but you can bet you’ll mainly see color film scans here on the blog. 😉

Here are my favorite images from my first roll of bw film.

love & pixels,
ashley nicole

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October 7, 2015

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