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hi! which brand of film around is best for portraits photography? FYI, i am using 35mm SLR autofocus camera. currently doing photo-taking sessions for my 5-month-old baby indoor. : )haa..still pretty new into SLR.

Thanks in advance.

-- B.H. Lim (, May 10, 2000


Don't worry too much about film. You can't go wrong with Fuji or Kodak. Concentrate on picture taking instead.
I would suggest using ASA 400, coupled with flash. Indoor photography will be nice if u put the baby near windows with diffused daylight.

-- Wee Keng Hor (, May 10, 2000.

For 35mm, Kodak Max400 is cheap,good, and available in supermarkets etc. Low contrast, good color rendition, and grain as good as 100 speed films. Fuji Superia 100 sucks big time. Too high contrast,grainy, and fair baby skin tones become tanned. Used 40 rolls for kid photos till I discovered Fuji NPH400 and medium format photography. NPH400 and Fuji NPS160 are good for portraits but the speeds are about 2/3 stop overstated and both films are grainy in difficult lighting when used in 35mm. Hth.

-- Fred Sun (, January 06, 2001.

I like NPS when electronic flash is used. Produce great skin tone. At $4.20, this film is cheap.

-- Wee Keng Hor (, January 06, 2001.

I photograph people very often and most of the time for a living. IMO, the Kodak Gold or Max 100/200/400 works best. Its even betta when the pictures are printed on Fuji Crystal paper with a Fuji Frontier machine through Epic lab outlets. "Warm film" with "cold paper" = Balanced colour temperature. This is my observation. Try it to see if you like the combination.

-- Paul Chuah (, January 07, 2001.

I forgot to mention that you won't get good results if you under expose any brand or type of colour negative film no matter what the manufacturers or digital experts claim -> that the neg film is tolerable to under exposure. The grains, muddiness and colour shift will show clearly.

Over exposure of colour negative film by 1/2 to 2/3 stop renders better results.

-- Paul Chuah (, January 07, 2001.

You can try using Kodak 160vc it mean for Protrait use,especialy for true skin color . abt S$7.00

-- S,J (, January 05, 2003.

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