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How To Shoot Kodak Portra 160 by Sarah Collier

How to Shoot Kodak Portra 160 by Sarah Collier on Shoot It With Film
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Kodak Portra 160 Overview: Kodak Portra 160 is a very versatile film perfect for portraits, landscapes, and everything in between. It will give you beautiful contrast and color with little grain, creating a very clean and professional look. Rate at box speed and meter for the shadows for best results. You can pick up some Portra 160 on Amazon here: Kodak Portra 160 in 35mm, Kodak Portra 160 in 120


Kodak Portra 160 Film Review by Sarah Collier on Shoot It With Film

Kodak Portra 160 Film Review by Sarah Collier

Kodak Portra 160 is a versatile film and does incredibly well in situations like snow, desert, and beach scenes. It has a great dynamic range, deals well with direct sunlight, and the color and smoothness of the grain is just absolutely beautiful. You can expect vibrant colors and smooth grain from this film.

How to Shoot Kodak Portra 160 by Sarah Collier on Shoot It With Film

Kodak Portra 160 Film Review by Sarah Collier on Shoot It With Film

How To Shoot And Meter Portra 160

I meter Portra 160 at box speed. Portra can color shift when over or under exposed, so I prefer to meter at box speed. I mostly spot meter for shadows, but occasionally meter for highlights depending on the look I’m going for.

How to Shoot Kodak Portra 160 by Sarah Collier on Shoot It With Film

Where Portra 160 Performs Best And Where It Struggles

Portra 160 does best in very bright scenes and handles direct sunlight very well. It is such a versatile film that it really doesn’t struggle in any situation. If shooting it in darker situations, add lighting and it will be just as beautiful.

Kodak Portra 160 Film Review by Sarah Collier on Shoot It With Film


Such awesome info, Sarah! You can see more of Sarah’s work on her website and Instagram.

Leave your questions about Portra 160 in the comments, and if you want to pick up some Kodak Portra 160 film for yourself, check it out on Amazon here!

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6 thoughts on “How To Shoot Kodak Portra 160 by Sarah Collier

  1. WOW! These colors are unbelievable! I really REALLY need to try 160!

    1. Yes you definitely do, it’s such a beautiful film! Do make sure to meter at box speed to get the best results.

  2. Good stuff Sarah. I love Portra 160!

  3. What’s your scanning process like? Do you edit the colors?

    Every time I shoot Kodak Gold or Portra, my colors are green and blue and I’ll maybe get one decent shot – but it’s nowhere near the warmth and clarity as seen above.

    Ektar is usually ok.

    I shoot with a Mamiya rz67 pro ii and scan with an Epson v600. I’ve tried scanning the negatives and using ColorPerfect, and I’ve used a clean batch of c41 to develop a single roll.

    It should be noted that I have no issues with slide film – velvia and provia look beautiful every time.

    1. Hi Jake,
      I use Pro Photo Irvine and either get basic scans or have them edited by the tech who knows what I like. They use a Noritsu scanner which from what I’ve seen and heard from them is by far the superior scanner. I also edit them in Lightroom to finalize. Basic scans are still edited in scanner, so they are not the same as straight scans which should not be touched at all in scanner.

      It seems to me like it could be the scanning. I would send PPI some negatives to do on Noritsu (I personally don’t like Frontier and it doesn’t have as high quality of a scan) and ask for straight scans to compare to your scanner’s straight scans. I do sometimes add a little bit of warmth and contrast in Lightroom, but it totally depends on what I was shooting, what the light was like, and how much PPI edited them. Definitely don’t underestimate how much you’ll need to edit scans though. People have been editing film since it’s inception, there are rarely perfect straight negatives.

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