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:
Here are my favorite images from my first roll of bw film.
love & pixels,
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