Yes, apologies (again) for the terminology confusion about reversal film. Since I so rarely shoot print film, I made the mistake of thinking of a negative as "reversed"; sorry about that, I should have checked. I believe the statements about its behaviour were otherwise correct, though! Re. the problems - my understanding is that the film will have been developed as for ISO 400, which will result in an image that's darker than for normal metering (that is, the negative is lighter), since effectively it was deliberately underexposed compared with what the meter said (and possibly well exposed for the highlit sky). As others said, you may not want to do this with negative film in many cases because it's likely better to capture the shadows properly and print darker. However, if the print was made with the exposure typical for a correctly-exposed film, I believe the camera exposure settings WOULD have resulted in darker prints. I believe the issue is that the prints were underexposed (or corrected digitally) to "correct" for the underexposure in the negatives. Scarletfield claims to be deliberately trying to produce low key images. That can be achieved with a conventionally-exposed negative either by editing digitally or taking nicely to whoever's doing to printing (if it's not entirely automated and being run by someone who was told what button to press). Getting the exposure right in a slide is less forgiving, but does directly correspond to the settings you use in the camera (if it's processed normally), taking the "getting the print shop to do something unexpected" step out of the process, should that prove to be difficult. It's certainly possible to learn with film, and generations of photographer's have done so. But when learning settings, there's a lot to be said for having immediate feedback, having the settings you used recorded in the EXIF, and not having the print shop "reinterpret" everything for you. Film is a fun medium and trends to train you not to waste money on unnecessary shots, but it's neither easier nor cheaper these days. That mean anyone shouldn't do it, just that you need to know it's making life a little harder.