When I started photography seriously, I was using a 35mm file camera (Praktica ML50). My typical film stock was Fuji-print film. With hinsight, that was the wrong thing to me using. It was though easy to expose for, and produced results that you could see easily - and put in an album. Plus at the time I had an Epson 1200U scanner that could produce reasonable results from the prints.
What I think I should have done though is taken slides. Velvia or Provia would have been a better training ground with exposure, and generally quality. Obtaining a projector wouldn't have been a problem (have my father's projector) and a screen cost me £15 second hand.
But I moved onto digital - missing out slide film. Although I do have a few roles around that I really want to try using!
One thing though I have found is MicroQuiz they can produce from a digital file some great slides. There are 3 reasons to do this
- Digital projectors are still not quite there for quality, but this won't last for long
- Slide competitions in local clubs are not now well entered. So you stand a better chance of wining based purely on numbers
- Persistence. Perhaps the strongest reason of all. I reckon that a slide has a greater chance of lasting than a digital file.
So I am considering getting all of my main portfolio copied onto slide - just in case!