Matt PittmanComment

Portraits on Fuji Superia 400

Matt PittmanComment
Portraits on Fuji Superia 400

Let's start out by celebrating in the fact that I've unlocked the power of color film development IN. HOME!! I can't be more excited about it and for the life of me understand what took me so damn long to do it. It's actually easier than black and white development in that I don't have to worry about development times. Development times are all the same for C-41 processing assuming I shoot the film at box speed. Big THANK YOU to the Film Photography Project for hosting a bad ass podcast and making home development so accessible. Much thanks!

Next step will be E-6, but let me celebrate C-41 for about 4 weeks and then tackle that. 

Ok... why are these portraits a big deal? I'll tell you. This is the first round of me using my newly acquired Leica M7 in studio. No, the M7 is not really a great studio camera since it only syncs at a staggery slow 1/50 of a second, BUT... for portraits it get the job done well. Is it my go to for film studio portraits? Ehh, not really, but I am in love with the results and working with the Leica name. It does feel dreamy for sure. 

As you can tell in these portraits, the color tone changes just a touch from one to the next. Not sure yet why that is. Could be the film, my developing, or something else I can't think of. It's not a bad change, just not consistent. If I really wanted too, I could color correct it a bit in post processing, but I'm in the film game to do that as little as possible. 

I hope you enjoy Ms. Lauren Cantrell's portrait set. I enjoyed taking them and developing AT HOME that very day.

Cheers to progression.


  • Film: Fuji Superia 400
  • Camera: Leica M7
  • Lens: Zeiss ZM 35mm f2.8
  • Lighting: Paul C. Buff