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3775 Market Stree NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

We're a small-town, family owned and operated photo lab that never gave up on film. Today we provide top-notch film processing, scanning, and printing services from film and digital with the best customer service in the industry.


How to Read your Exposure Reference Sheets

PhotoVision Team

#filmtipfriday Exposure Reference Sheets are a feature designed to close the gap between exposures + scans

When shooting film, your negatives are your road map to understanding the relationship between your exposures and your results. Our goal is to provide a tool to help you better understand your exposures and your scans at a glance.

After your film is scanned and cut, we immediately create an Exposure Reference Sheet for each roll. Exposure Reference Sheets provide a thumbnail of each frame, allowing you to clearly and easily see how you exposed your film. You no longer have to wait 2+ weeks to study your negatives—all the feedback you need is waiting for you in your inbox. #winning

#ExposureReferenceSheets show a variety of information from exposures to camera issues. The exposure of each frame can be seen in the level of density (similar to how you would view your digital images):

⬛ Frames that appear *dark* represent *underexposure*
⬜ Frames that appear *light* represent *overexposure*

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To help you further understand your exposures, refer to the exposure data (if your camera imprints it). The next thing to look for is any camera issues, advancement issues, light leaks, etc. Learn from your shooting and be aware of any camera issues before your next shoot by utilizing this handy tool.

Download our Exposure Reference Sheet guide here!

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