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Never able to sit still, I'm always on the go. With a camera at my side, I'm always seeking out a new adventure, experiencing a new place, living in a different culture, or meeting someone new.  My wanderlust has brought me to the far corners of the earth and I still have a lot of ground to cover.  

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Comparing Kodak Porta and Fuji Provia Colors

Chris Ford

Kodak Portra 400 (left) and Fuji Provia (right)

Although the film graveyard keeps getting bigger and bigger by the years, the film rack still has handful of quality films available for the film enthusiast. 

Above, I placed two color films next to each other. The film on the left is Kodak’s popular Portra 400 and the film to the right is Fuji’s Provia 100F.  

Kodak Portra 400 film is a color reversal film. Its negative does not look like a print, but rather its colors are reversed. Kodak Portra colors are generally more muted and subdued, giving its tones a wonderful quality that apps, such as Instagram, have tried to emulate. I love this film because it’s extremely forgiving film, meaning that if you mess the exposure up, it almost always can be fixed. 

Fuji’s Provia 100F, on the other hand, is a slide film, meaning after the negative is processed, it looks like a miniature print. What you see is what you get. Slide colors are rich and mesmerizing, so mesmerizing, in fact, that I can’t even compare it to digital photography. Landscape photographers prefer it for this reason. It is not a forgiving film, however. One or two stops off on your exposure and you’ll be looking at a photo that can’t be used. Patience and understanding light is a necessity with this film. 

To read more about film, click here; Kodak Portra 400, click here; and Fuji Provia 100F, click here.