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Kodak Portra 800 Overview: Kodak Portra 800 gives nice, saturated colors and loves to be overexposed. Try rating between 200 and 400 to avoid a muddy look. It’s also highly versatile and can be used indoors and outdoors, but preferably in lots of light. You can pick up some on Amazon here: Kodak Portra 800 in 35mm and Kodak Portra 800 in 120mm
Kodak Portra 800 Film Review by Jessica Love
For me, choosing a film stock is like when you first get a digital camera and the number of POSSIBILITIES of HOW TO EDIT your photos hits you like crazy. In my first few months of shooting film, I shot and shot and shot, trying lots of different film stocks. I actually tried Portra 800 pretty early on and hated the results I got – muddy, grainy. I’ve since started rating it between 200 – 400 iso and love the results I get!
What To Expect From Portra 800
I find that I get super saturated colors and pretty great skin tones.
How To Shoot And Meter Portra 800
I meter around 200. I love it most on a sunny day and backlit. For some sessions, white balance and color tone are a struggle when shooting digital, but when I get my film back, I’m just amazed at how well this film does with light.
Where Portra 800 Performs Best And Where It Struggles
Portra 800 performs well in almost any situation. I shoot it inside on a bright day, outside in the sun, and backlit. I love it all!
It tends to struggle in low light. It isn’t a high ISO as the 800 might suggest. It needs to be overexposed quite a bit. Shooting it in lots of light will make you so happy with the results!
Thank you so much, Jessica! Please check out Jessica’s work on Instagram and her website, and if you have questions about Kodak Portra 800, leave them in the comments.
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