Having decided upon the idea of portraits of people through their mobile phone I have to now decide how I want to capture the images. The brief is set for us to use film cameras and produce a set of 10 analogue images as the final piece. So the first decision to need to make is what camera I want to use to achieve the desired outcome.
As the brief deliberately wants to remove us from our comfort zone I have decided that I am going to shoot with a Mamiya 7 II medium format camera. At first I found this camera pretty daunting. It looks unwieldy and having very little film experience I have embarked upon using it with much trepidation. However, it is a lot more straight forward than I first anticipated. The viewfinder feels a bit strange at first, being so used to using a digital camera to shoot, but once I got the knack of it I found this a very pleasing camera to use.
So, armed with my idea of a camera phone portrait within a portrait I coerced some fellow students into being my guinea pigs. Thank you to Deana , Thomas , Kerrie , Holly , Jenny , Jess and last but not least , Katy . (Check out their blogs!)
I didn’t use special lighting, the pictures I shot today were taken in the corridor of the Ellen Terry Building. I wanted to use the darkroom to see if I could achieve a vignetting effect as I want the portraits to focus on the eyes. I used Ilford HP5+ iso 400 120 film and a light meter to ensure that I had the correct setting on the camera.
Camera Settings were :
ISO – 400 , F-stop – 8 , shutter speed – 8. I kept this settings for all the shots as they were all taken within the same environment.
Below are a few results I created from the film. My scanner isn’t working at the moment so sorry about the rubbish pics using my camera phone. I will update with scanned pics once I get into Uni next week!