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Polaroid Exposure Testing (2 replies and 2 comments)

jmharper
2 weeks ago
jmharper 2 weeks ago

Hi Roger,

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?

Jason

 

Mike
2 weeks ago
Mike 2 weeks ago

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.

Mike
2 weeks ago

Shud read ‘ cheap lens shutter’. Sorry computer error. Lenses were very good.
These cameras fetch high money now.

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

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!

jmharper
1 week ago

Thanks...Soderbergh has been posting his exposure tests from back when (http://extension765.com/categories/art») and I found that interesting and pleasantly nostalgic.

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