Tim Layton Fine Art | Color Film Quick Reference Cards

Color Film Quick Reference Cards For Analog Photographers

You can download the Color Film Quick Reference Cards for Analog Photographers PDF file immediately for only $5.  You can start using the information that I have been collecting and using for decades in your own color film work.  

I created the quick reference cards in business card size format so that you could print them and even laminate them if you want to put in your pocket, store them in your camera bag/backpack, or hang from your tripod in the field for easy reference.  

  • 7 Quick Reference Cards
  • Kodak Ektar, Kodak Portra 160, Kodak Portra 400, Provia 100, Velvia 50, Velvia 100
  • Free Lifetime Updates
  • FAQ Section
  • Specific Details on Each Films Dynamic Range
  • Metering Information For Each Film
  • Effective ISO Ratings 
  • Reciprocity Failure Info
  • Color Corrections
  • Film Characteristics
  • Filter Suggestions
  • Lighting Conditions


"I can attest to Tim's methods, as I have used his information and it is spot on."  -Favian Roldan, Miami, Florida

"Hi Tim, I wanted to share that I really enjoyed receiving your Color Film Quick Reference Cards. As we’ve discussed in the past, as LF film shooters we don’t have a histogram to refer to. I primarily take one exposure for each composition. I often carry film holders with two types of color film loaded. One transparency and one color negative. I choose my film relative to the contrast range of a scene. Using these cards can be a nice “double check” for me, even as an experienced large format photographer when the light is changing and I am making decisions and choices for that one exposure.

Especially with expensive large format film, if the card keeps me from making one mistake, they have paid for themselves multiple times over. For people just beginning with film photography, these cards are a great resource for them to following along while creating their process in the field. They can build their thought process and an understanding of each films exposure qualities.

I recommend separating the cards and laminating them so they can be used in the field as a reference in all conditions. They can be kept in a camera bag/backpack or hung from a tripod for easy access.” -Jon Paul, John Paul Gallery, Lake Tahoe, California 

“Tim’s knowledge and experience of film photography really show in the Color Film Quick Reference Cards. For me the cards instantly show a solid, proven starting point for creative film photography. When you think about the time, effort and expense it would take to figure out these film exposures and compensations on our own, you’ll quickly see they are a great value!” -Frank Dries, St. Louis


In the color film quick reference cards, I provide my personal and detailed notes on how I meter, rate, and expose color films for various types of scenes.  I provide information for Kodak Ektar, Kodak Portra 160, Kodak Portra 400, Fuji Provia 100, Fuji Velvia 50, Fuji Velvia 100.  This is information that I have earned over the years, not just a summary of a manufacturers specification chart.  

I share my ISO ratings and the dynamic range (latitude) for each film.  By knowing the dynamic range of each film, you can make informed technical and creative choices on the fly when you are working in the field with confidence.  I also provide specific meter readings for the dynamic range of each film to help you ensure proper exposure and rendering of tonal values. 

I provide my personal notes of when you should increase or decrease the effective film speed (ISO) based on the scene.  

I provide information on how I handle high contrast scenes for color films while working in the field.  

I also share specifics on which filters (e.g., polarizer, warming) I use and when for the films.

If you want to get the most out of your analog color film, I am sure you will enjoy my quick reference cards.  All the information is presented in a clear bullet point type format, so you can quickly review the information while working in the field. 

Download the Color Film Quick Reference Cards for Darkroom Photographers and get immediate access.