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This page was written in the pre-digital era. Just left it as is for reference purposes.

Greece is a photographer's paradise. Here are some thoughts.

Go with the slower, higher quality films. The bright sun and saturated colors allow you to use the slower films that have less grain and more exposure latitude. I used to shoot Kodachrome 64 or Ektachrome 100 slides. Now I'm using Kodak's Elite Chrome 100 and Fuji Velvia, and the difficulty of getting Kodachrome developed means I think I'm done with my old pal. The slower films also have the advantage of giving you less concern for fogging by airport scanners. But the main thing is that slower films have less grain. If you are shooting a panorama with wide expanses of simular colors you can notice the grain on an ASA200 or 400 speed film.

Take some high speed film for indoor shots. If you want the shot of the gang at the dinner table, take some ASA400 or the ASA800 MAX print film for that.

If you are shooting slides, consider underexposing by 2/3 of a stop. Most of my outdoor shots are underexposed by 2/3 of a stop to get more saturated colors. I tried out some of the specialty "saturated" film, but I didn't notice anything interesting, I'll stick with underexposing. Underexposing doesn't work with prints because the labs will compensate when they develop your prints.

The bluer Ektachrome may add punch to your water shots. I'm less clear how the Fuji films work on the color palet you find in Greece, because the effects I'm concerned about are the reduced grain of slower films and the saturation you get from underexposing rather than from various color balance effects. That and the constant reformulations are hard to keep up with. However, if you are really going for one type of shot, or shooting in one environment, I'd suggest you think about color balance and read some articles in the photo mags.

Take a small tripod. I notice the difference in clarity of a tripod shot over handheld, even at reasonably fast exposure speeds. A small tripod can really help with sunrise and sunset shots in particular.

Do not ever, ever, put film in checked baggage. Newer scanners of checked luggare have been proven to fog film. See the photo magazines for details. I send my film through the carryon baggage scanners with no ill effects (so far).

Don't phonograph military installations. You will occasionally see a sign of a camera with a line through it. Greece is not uptight about you taking pictures, and I've never heard of anyone getting into trouble. But - you can live without a picture of an army base. Obey the signs.

Last modified 2/17/12; posted 3/18/00; original content © 2012, 2000 John P. Nordin