How to Shoot Kodak Ektar Film

Today we’re diving into one of my all-time favorite film stocks for summer photography – Kodak Ektar 100. Whether you’re a seasoned film shooter or just starting out, this post will guide you through what you need to know about how to shoot Kodak Ektar film today. So, let’s get started!

Kodak Ektar 100 is renowned for its vibrant color reproduction, high saturation, and extremely fine grain. It’s perfect for capturing the bright and bold hues of summer landscapes, travel scenes, and any outdoor adventures.

how to shoot kodak ektar film

1. Loading your Kodak Ektar Film

First, let’s talk about loading your film. Make sure you’re in a shaded area to avoid direct sunlight on your film. Carefully load Kodak Ektar 100 into your camera, ensuring it’s properly seated and securely fastened. I use Kodak Ektar in both small (35mm) and medium formats (120), and you have to load them differently in each camera. 35mm is pretty self-explanatory, but loading a medium format camera differs depending on the type of camera you have. I shoot with a Contax 645 and you can check out Youtube to to watch how to load film.

2. Rating and Metering Kodak Ektar Film

Ektar 100 performs exceptionally well in bright daylight, which is ideal for summer photography. Its ISO 100 rating means it’s best suited for well-lit environments. You’ll get vivid colors and sharp details, perfect for capturing the essence of summer. I rate Kodak Ektar 100 at box speed, which means I rate it at 100. Even though this film works best with a ton of light, it doesn’t handle being overexposed very much (compared to other film stocks). It can quickly color shift and give you very red tones.

To meter, I use a Sekonic L-358 handheld meter. I meter bulb-in, in the shadows so I get shadow and highlight detail. This will over-expose the film by about a 1/2 stop and will expose for the shadows, but not over-expose your Ektar film too much. I recommend experimenting with your metering for Ektar on a test roll and to find out which metering technique works best for your style and vision! Richard Photo Lab has a great tutorial about the different ways to meter. The key is to be consistent once you’ve decided on what technique you will use.

how to shoot kodak ektar film

3. Shooting Kodak Ektar Film

When shooting with Ektar 100 film, you’ll need plenty of light (as your handheld meter or in-camera meter should tell you). If you are shooting in a shaded area, watch out for slower shutter speeds introducing blur in your photos. The only time you may want to overexpose Kodak Ektar a little more is if you are shooting in an extremely backlit situation, and you can open up one stop.

If you are shooting a landscape scene, you obviously can’t really meter in the shadows of something far away from you. In that instance, I meter bulb-in towards the landscape I will shoot and check the reading, and I also meter bulb-in towards where I will stand and check the reading. Depending on what I want the image to look like, I choose my camera settings based on a range between the two readings. Last, if you don’t have a handheld meter, check out my great post on how I use the Zone System.

how to shoot kodak ektar film

3. Developing & Scanning Kodak Ektar Film

Pick your film development lab of choice, (mine is Richard Photo Lab – first-time users can get 15% off their first film dev/scan order), safely ship your film to them, and wait for Christmas morning in July! When I place my order with RPL, I always have Ektar developed normally, meaning I don’t push or pull the film. Ektar is already very contrasty and punchy, so I personally don’t like the look of Ektar pushed.

Ektar 100 is also excellent for scanning. The fine grain structure of Kodak Ektar Film paired with a high resolution scan ensure that your digital versions maintain the same level of detail and color richness as the originals. Your images will have smooth tones and sharp details, making it fantastic for enlargements, even if you’re using 35mm film! This makes it easy to share and print your summer memories. Whether you’re printing a large landscape or a detailed close-up, Ektar 100 won’t disappoint.

how to shoot kodak ektar film

4. Practice Shooting Kodak Ektar Film

Last, have fun practicing! Write down your settings and take notes about how you’re metering so you can learn from your results. I always say practice makes better, but only if you’re learning from your mistakes!

In summary, learn how to shoot Kodak Ektar film this summer because it’s a fantastic choice for summer photography. Its vivid colors, fine grain, and high contrast make it ideal for capturing the vibrant essence of summer. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, portraits, or travel scenes, Ektar 100 will help you achieve stunning results.

That’s all for today! I hope you found this helpful. Thanks for reading and happy shooting! (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Additional links in this post are affiliate links which I may earn a commission from.)

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