how to "read" a slide?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by tony, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. tony

    tony Guest

    so just recently i've switched to shooting slide
    film. have read/heard alot about FujiVelvia(50)
    and picked some up. first two rolls look INCREDIBLE.
    wonderful color and crisp detail..

    .... at least from what i can see through my magnifying glass.

    what i'd like to know if there are any tips to reading
    the quality (exposure) of a slide. can i get a sense ahead
    of time of how they will print?

    for example, white/light colors in my photos turn
    out CLEAR on the negative. i can see right through
    the translucent plastic. blacks are dead solid.

    some of them look a little too contrasty. but i dont
    know if thats the slide film or my exposure.

    what does an under/overexposed slide look like?
    none of my slides look "too dark" or "too light"

    how big can i print a 35mm slide (ISO 50)
    and still maintain the crispness i see in the slide?

    finally, my photolab offers two printing options:
    1) tradition slide printing (i'm not sure what they do mechanically)
    2) digital slide scan and digital print

    which is recommended of the two?

    digital scan/print is more expensive, by the way.
    at least here.

    tony, Jul 23, 2003
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  2. tony

    Logan McMinn Guest

    If your slides are clear in the light colors and whites, and at the
    same time dead black in the shadows, then the brightness range of your
    subject has exceeded the film's latitude. Under these circumstances,
    you probably got the best overall exposure possible, but you mat not
    like the prints that tresult. Transparency film generally has less
    latitude than negative film and you have to take additional steps to
    guarantee a good exposure in such conditions. The general rule is
    "expose for the highlights and light the shadows." This involves the
    use of reflectors or fill flash or some other technique of throwing a
    lot of light into the shadow portions of your pictures relative to the
    highlights. Or simply avoid shooting under bright sunny conditions;
    move into open shade or wait for a cloudy day -- whatever.

    Making prints directly from slides is difficult; if it were, then there
    would be no reason to use negative film. If you want to get the best
    possible quality from your slides, then the "digitize and print" option
    is the best. The direct prints are not likely to look as good and they
    may be prone to fading rather quickly.
    Logan McMinn, Jul 23, 2003
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