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Mountain photography by chrirons on 14 December 2004 1:57pm
Hi all,

I'm off to Annapurna in March and wish to take some nice pictures.

I was just wondering if anybody knew if it's best to use film negatives or slide negatives, please.
Re: Mountain photography by peripatetically on 14 December 2004 2:13pm
Well, I feel that slides are better. They are cheaper to develope, for one thing, and I believe you get a sharper picture if you have them printed and enlarged.
Re: Mountain photography by Wild in Africa on 16 December 2004 8:25pm
I spent years taking thousands of slides. They are all stashed in boxes in my loft now and I rarely get a chance to look at them. My advice if you want to get more enjoyment out of your photos is to use prints (this is presuming you've not gone digital). You will thank me in future years when you want to drag them out and browse through reliving old memories, and don't want the hassle of setting up a projector and boring the relatives.
Re: Mountain photography by markmellor on 21 December 2004 8:03pm
The problem with slides is that your average high-street developers tend to make them look a bit dull (regardless of your camera technique), whereas professional developers will make them look exactly how you have taken the picture (but the final product is more sensitive to your technique, so you better be a good photographer). I've met all sorts of professional and amateur photographers on my travels, each recommending different types of film - I say stick to prints if you want to frame a few photos and
keep the rest in an album. Trust me, I have never ever been disappointed by professional print films; you can buy some excellent professional print films...
Re: Mountain photography by peripatetically on 21 December 2004 9:17pm
I actually shot slides for years and then went to prints. Now I'm digital and am really feeling the pain of not being able to show what I take to peole who ask. A bit costly to print everything... The beauty of digital is that you can delete "as-you -go" and then toss out others after seeing them larger on the computer screen. Therefore, you wind up with all good pics but no prints. Yes, you can print your pics, but that requires money too. One must decide if they wish to have the digi, or go with one step and get prints, or two steps and get slides. You really have to make up your own mind. Each method has good and bad aspects. To be honest, when I was shooting slides, I took them out quite often and those who saw them enjoyed them immensely. There's really something about a larger than life picture that puts you right in the scene and sets the mood. Of course prints cn set the mood too and are good, but I think you can't deny how a large slide show, if good, is truly exciting. And I know professionsla who definitely think having prints made from slides, if enlarged for matting and framing, is better if taken from a positive (A slide.) This is basically one of those decisions that only you can make.

And I am grateful to all those lovely people who always ASKED to see my pictures. I didn't force them on anyone! LOL. They are still asking, but I have nothing to show them. Not everyone has a computer.

Oh, and something else I forgot to mention--- I have taken photos and slides on the same trip and at the same events.

Good luck in your decision-making!
Re: Mountain photography by Tusker on 22 December 2004 1:13pm
My mother (in her 70s) puts her digital photos onto CDs which she can then play on her TV using her DVD player. This seems to overcome the problem with slide shows but you need to have the right sort of DVD player.
Re: Mountain photography by peripatetically on 22 December 2004 3:01pm
Have you heard the phrase, "A picture 's not a picture until you have a print"?

I believe Kodak or a store who developes film uses that . Can't remember whose ad it is. I basically agree and am having a devil of a time taring myself away from having prints.
Re: Mountain photography by Godfather on 22 December 2004 3:36pm

I was never a big photo taker anyway. On some trips i dont take a camera at all. But in 2003 i bought a digital camera in Hong Kong. I swear by those now. To actually see what you've just taken,is so rewarding. To try it out,i took a night picture from Kowloon harbour at night, facing the Hong Kong side. Amazing sight in itself. But to capture the light aura and not just the spots of light,was tricky. I had to spend about an hour fiddling around with it on manual settings to get the exposure right to capture it. Luckily because it was digital, i could look immediately at the results and delete attempts that were disastrous (and some were due to camera shake,or wrong settings). If i'd just had a normal film camera, chances are that i would have taken one picture and assumed it had come out ok. It certainly would not of come out alright unless it was a very good film camera. I love digital now. Immediate pics.

Re: Mountain photography by ColinDoncaster on 23 December 2004 6:54am
I tend to feel the digital vs. film debate is a bit religious and really comes down to how someone prefers to work. I love my digital camera and since buying it have taken many more pictures that with my film camera. I have an 5 megapixel SLR-like camera and find the images look great, my biggest pet peeve of working digital is the dynamic range. Once you've taken you're picture your pretty much stuck with that exposure - where as with film you've got a lot more latitude. This may be a consideration when shooting in the mountains because you'll probably be dealing with skies which might be many stops brighter than the land itself giving you a very contrasty image. You may also want to consider a hood for your lens to avoid any glare. The plus side of shooting digital is with a little tom foolery you select and publish pictures to you're website within minutes of getting home, I have my own little tool that makes it easy to do this http://www.colindoncaster.com/photos/index.html
Re: Mountain photography by madaxle on 11 January 2005 8:03pm
I never really got into the whole SLR scene taking slide or print pictures. I have brought myself a digital camera about 2 years ago and it's been the best thing ever. Since I have been travelling around europe for the past 18 months, it has been very easy for me to upload these photo's to my website where I get to choose the photo's I want the rest of my friends to see.

If you are going to buy a digital camera, I definately would recommend buying a higher quality camera rather than a small compact camera, as you can really see the difference in the end result. Also remember don't be a lazy photographer and take all your photo's on the automatic settings!!! Experiment a little and see what you can do if you play around with speed shutter or black and white photo's. The great thing is that you can see your results when you take the picture and if you don't like it you try another. Digital photo's have another benefit, as you can see what settings you took a picture with so if you like a particular style you took one day you can repeat the settings.

I would recommend anyone that is looking to take up either photography to do a short course. You can learn the basics from a professional and then expand on your learnings from the course. It certainly has helped me in taking my photographs.

If you want to check out some of my photo's you can see them at - www.alexontour.com

Cheers and goodluck.
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