Polaroid Exposure Testing (2 replies and 2 comments)
Just curious - did you ever use polaroids to do exposure testing of lighting setups when shooting on 35mm/16mm film (before digital cameras existed)? Or was it always by eye and meter?
The best camera to use for Polaroid testing is the 110. It was very accurate but let down by the cheap lens. Still a great camera though, imo.
Shud read ‘ cheap lens shutter’. Sorry computer error. Lenses were very good.
These cameras fetch high money now.
Yes, I used a B&W Polaroid camera to judge my exposures and contrast. But I used these images mainly as a continuity reference for when we needed to shoot a pick up shot or when we were shooting scenes a long way out of order. I wanted some sort of reference to judge the comparative look from one cut to another. But the Polaroid was a good way to be sure of contrast ratios and as a reference when discussing lighting with a director. Of course, this is all very old now!