Exposure Reference Sheets

A feature designed to close the gap between exposures and scans.

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

Chasing innovation every chance we get.

Introducing a new type of Exposure Reference Sheet!

You may notice that your Exposure Reference Sheets look a little different—they are sharper, clearer and better than ever before.

The notion is the same, these Exposure Reference Sheets provide a thumbnail of each frame, allowing you to clearly and easily see how you exposed your film. They tell you what you need to know about your shooting and help you understand why you are getting the results you are for every. Single. Frame. No waiting required.

Reference this new Exposure Reference Sheet guide while studying your exposures!

Exposure Reference Sheet Guide

Exposure reference sheet guide. Zoom in to read exposure data (On PC logo key and plus sign (+). OR On Mac command key and plus sign (+))


How to Read Your Exposure Reference Sheets

Exposure Reference Sheets show a variety of information from exposures to camera issues. The exposure of each frame can be seen in its density level:

  • Frames that appear light represent overexposure.
  • Frames that appear dark represent underexposure.

To help you further understand your exposures, refer to the exposure data (if your camera imprints it). Your Exposure Data includes information such as:

  • Shutter speed.
  • Aperture value.
  • Exposure mode.
  • Exposure compensation.
  • The type of lens.
  • The type of film: 120 film or 220 film.
  • Film Stock

Exposure data imprint

Cameras that imprint exposure data include

  • Contax645
  • Pentax645Nii
  • Pentax645N
  • Mamiya 645AF(D) series

The next thing to look for is any camera issues including:

  • Advancement issues
  • Light leaks
  • Sticking shutter

Where to Find Them:

Exposure Reference Sheets are provided for every roll and can be found within your order’s folder in Box.

Exposure Reference Sheets Help You Shoot Smarter

...but don't just take our word for it.

“When I first started shooting film I didn't like my results. But thanks to PhotoVision’s Exposure Reference Sheets I soon realized that I was not exposing my film properly. What a game changer this tool has been.”

“One of my favorite things about PhotoVision, is that they truly want to help you learn + master your craft. With every order they always include Exposure Reference Sheets which is a game changer for me! No longer do I have to question what happened when a film scan comes back and doesn't look quite right... I can easily look at the Reference Sheet of my negatives and see first,my exposures (dark frames = underexposure, light frames with less detail = overexposure) and second, I can see what film stock I used, my aperture and my shutter speed—which is extremely helpful!”

“One of the reasons why I absolutely love PhotoVision is because they give you Exposure Reference Sheets with your scans so you can see the data and settings of your exposures. Having my Exposure Reference Sheets when I receive my scans allows me to answer a lot of questions instead of having to call the lab every time. When you are learning film photography you will realize that looking at your negatives will tell you so much information and will really help you understand film.”