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    I noticed most of my photos are dull in color.. like the trees not green.. etc etc.. issit the film i used or the developer..
    or maybe its the wrong exposure? they dont look over exposed or underexposed.. so i wonder.. i use mainly kodak and fuji.. those off the supermarket check out counters.. or is there any slightly better film for hobbyist like me?thanks.


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    Default Re: photo colors are dull ...

    Originally posted by shmott
    I noticed most of my photos are dull in color.. like the trees not green.. etc etc.. issit the film i used or the developer..
    or maybe its the wrong exposure? they dont look over exposed or underexposed.. so i wonder.. i use mainly kodak and fuji.. those off the supermarket check out counters.. or is there any slightly better film for hobbyist like me?thanks.
    Its difficult to pin point the problem without seeing your pictures. Yes, of course there are better films than those sold at supermarket check out counters. In my opinion, its a crime to save on film if good results are what you want.

    For prints, I use Fuji Reala and rate it at ISO 64 for better colour saturation. For slides, I use Velvia.

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    where can i get those film u have mention.. i think i wont move into slide yet.. just film.. but wat is the actual rating of reala? u make your camera think its iso64?

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    Originally posted by shmott
    where can i get those film u have mention.. i think i wont move into slide yet.. just film.. but wat is the actual rating of reala? u make your camera think its iso64?
    Reala is usually readily available in shops around the Peninsula area. Try Cathay and Ruby. Reala is actually ISO 100. I just set the ISO reading on the camera to 64 instead of the automatic reading of 100. However, I precess the neg as normal.

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    ok ive included a pic of the recent developing.. maybe u will see wat i meant..thanks

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    photo looks normal. If u shoot this kind of subject matter, in this kind of light, this is usually what you'll get.

    p.s. from the appearance of the print, i will make a wild guess that film used was Fuji.
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    it's taken during mid day right?
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    Default a circular polarizer will help....

    cut down alot of the glare and reflections thats present in your pic.

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    1) Find a good lab. Or even better - consider shooting slides. Slide film gives richer color saturation, better color reproduction, and can hold at least twice as much contrast as prints. I would try Velvia for such situations.

    2) Reduce flare by putting shade on the lens. Make sure that no direct sunlight is hitting the front element.

    3) Polarizer would lower the haze, improve foliage colors by reducing glare, and make sky blue.

    4) Try shooting same scene in the morning or in the evening.

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    I used to stand by print film until one photoshoot when I collected my negatives and did a scan (I was using Fujifilm Superia 400 Xtra then); to my disappointment, the coconut trees pics that I took then exhibited the same 'problem' as you have mentioned; with factors like whether it's properly exposured remaining constant.

    I was then I saw a fellow shooter's same take using slides (docile) which began to stir my interest in switching film...OMG...the greens are really green, among others...buy a roll of slides and try it out!

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    what are the costs involved in developing slides.. can paper photos be developed from slide film too? any place to recommend... and issit true that slide films are more sensitive meaning not much tolerance in exposures..

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    Presently, it costs about $4-$4.50 to develop a roll of slide film without mounting i.e. in strips of "negatives".

    You can do slide to print photos although they're pretty costly. a 4R can set you back between $1.10-$1.80 per photo. It's cheaper if you have access to a good film scanner and give the shops a CD to print from instead. Would be cheaper if you did this in bulk.

    Slide films, are very intolerant to exposure errors. As there is no printing stage (as opposed to print films), errors cannot be corrected so your exposure has to be SPOT on (or give/take 0.5 stops). Slide films aren't very good for scenes with very high contrast either.

    That said however, slide films offer much greater saturation that print films cannot offer.

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    use slide and a polarizer = good colour

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    Default Re: photo colors are dull ...

    Originally posted by shmott
    I noticed most of my photos are dull in color.. like the trees not green.. etc etc.. issit the film i used or the developer..
    or maybe its the wrong exposure? they dont look over exposed or underexposed.. so i wonder.. i use mainly kodak and fuji.. those off the supermarket check out counters.. or is there any slightly better film for hobbyist like me?thanks.


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