The Importance of Contact Sheets

December 25, 2011

It wasn’t until I began shooting 135 film with 36 shots per roll that I started to create a contact sheet for every batch of film shot.  I would instead look at the negatives and try to judge which ones to print 8×10 proof prints from.  This has turned out to be very time consuming with roll film and it’s much easier to run a contact sheet then choose images from that for proofing or even straight printing.  Plus it’s good to see how the colour balance and exposure changes from shot to shot making it possible to adjust the colour balance & exposure for direct prints.  I’m starting to “nail it” when guestimating exposure & colour balance just because I now run contact sheets from every roll I shoot.

These all were shot with a Voigtlander Bessa R4a and a Voigtlander 21mm Color Skopar rangefinder lens.  This lens is turning out to be just as sharp (if not sharper) than my Zeiss 35mm Distagon 2.0 I used on Canon.  Very nice lens at an amazing price.

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2 Responses to “The Importance of Contact Sheets”

  1. Just found your site. You have a lot of good info on here. Thanks for sharing it all.

    A Fellow Film photographer

  2. SeanEsopenko says:

    Thanks for the compliment. Out of curiosity, are you shooting film for commercial work?

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