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Studio lighting has been popular since the dawn of photography. North facing windows, flash powder, incandescent lamps, and most recently, electronic flash photography. People have been very successful with these techniques over the years and you can be too.
Processing C-41 is easy. If you can process your own black and white negatives, you are nearly all the way there. This is a relatively easy to understand guide to the process.
Film Characteristic Curves are provided by most film manufacturers to help describe a film’s behavior. I am an engineer, a rocket scientist even, and I was getting frustrated trying to make sense of these curves. Some web resources described what the different parts of the curves mean and individuals on forums answered questions with authority “It’s obvious from looking at the curves.” Thanks for nothing. I finally buckled down and combined research with my math background to figure out how to put these curves to practical use.
When I was nine years old I watched on TV as tanks rolled through Tiananmen square. At that age I wasn't sure what the implications were but two decades later going to China I knew this place would be tough. What I didn't take into account was how tough it would be to travel as a film shooter.