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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.

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Tips for shooting your first roll!

PhotoVision Team

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#filmtipfriday Ready to shoot your first roll of film?! Follow these First Roll Tips for the best results! ⁠⁠

🎞 Film loves light. Avoid underexposing your shadows. If you are shooting 400 speed film, give your film 1 stop of overexposure by rating it at 200 ISO. If you are shooting 800 speed film, rate it at 640 or 400 ISO. ⁠⁠

🎞 Use a handheld light meter. We have found handheld meters provide the most accurate and consistent results. (Looking for metering tips? Tap the link in bio!)⁠⁠

🎞 Pay close attention to your lighting. Film has a high exposure latitude, and can capture lots of detail in both the shadows and highlights of a scene. But this is not a β€œfix all.” Avoid harsh, contrasty, blotchy lighting for the best lighting results. ⁠⁠

🎞 Avoid sun flare. While sun flare can create a beautiful, warm look to your images it also lends itself to lifted shadows, lack of contrast and a slightly orange tint. To help combat sun flare, use a lens hood or cup your hand around the lens on the side the sun is entering from. ⁠⁠

🎞 Send in preference images. Preference images are 3–5 frames that best exemplify your style in terms of skintones, density and contrast. We use preference images while scanning your work to best match your vision!⁠

⁠🎞 Send your film to @photovisionprints. We are #notyourbasicfilmlab. We want to help make your transition to film as easy as possible. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you ever have questions! We look forward to being a part of your film journey and helping you grow as an artist. ⁠⁠

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