Testing Portra400 + Portra800 with Tory Baker

Mindset is everything as you encounter challenges and explore new paths! Transitioning to a new film stock is no exception. We love @torybakerphotography’s approach and we’re excited to share her Portra exposure tests (and inspiring mindset!) today:

“I think transitioning to Portra is exciting. When I first found out about Fuji400H being discontinued, I was shocked and felt some anxiety. Fuji was my go-to film for all of my color work. But as I reflected on the situation, I felt it was best to have a positive mindset and embrace this change. I do love learning, so the opportunity to really grow and understand another film stock is going to be so powerful in my artistic process. I know I can create beautiful work with any film stock.

“I wanted to test out Portra film using different ISOs in a variety of lighting situations, as well as play with exposure. I asked my 6-year-old son to model for me, and we went out to do some bracketing tests in my house and backyard. The results were really exciting, and now I can use these examples to help guide which Portra film I will choose for future work.” — Tory Baker

Sun

Portra400

Portra800

Open Shade

Portra400

Portra800

Window Light

Portra400

Portra800

Portra800

📷 by @torybakerphotography on Kodak Portra400 and Portra800 with a Contax645 in Colorado. Scanned on the Frontier SP3000. Processed normal.

Need more tips transitioning to a new film stock? Stay tuned for next week—we’ll explore some characteristics of Portra film as well as how to best communicate with your lab while you explore a new film stock.

*For this post, we placed Tory’s color scans into the borders of her Exposure Reference Sheets using an image editing program, so you can see the exposure data of each frame. Please note we are unable to include film edges in our scans at time of scanning, but they are simple to create in post using our signature Exposure Reference Sheets and layer masks! ;)