Colour pictures from black & white film (again)

After success using this technique on a casino set, I decided to try again with a different subject. This time I chose some peppers. Everything else was the same – I shot the scene sequentially through red, green and blue filters – and recombined the three channels digitally. Once again, the green filter wasn’t the right shadeContinue reading “Colour pictures from black & white film (again)”

Colour pictures from black & white film

Long ago, before there was colour film, it was possible to create full colour pictures using black & white film with a set of coloured filters. This is exactly how three-strip Technicolour works. For movies, you have to use a beam-splitter to split the image into three. Each image is then passed through a different colouredContinue reading “Colour pictures from black & white film”

Mainly Dartmoor

When I shoot film, it’s almost always black & white film. Occasionally I shoot colour but until now I’ve had to take it to a lab for processing – which is expensive and inconvenient. Yesterday I developed my own colour film for the first time. It came out pretty well for a first attempt. IContinue reading “Mainly Dartmoor”

Processing colour C-41 films at home

Processing black & white film at home is easy. You just need a changing bag to load the film into a tank in darkness, and the rest can be done in the bathroom with the light turned on. The chemicals for black & white are normally used at 20°C but can be used at roomContinue reading “Processing colour C-41 films at home”

Calibrating a TFT monitor

I hadn’t realised how important it is to calibrate a monitor correctly. My former method of “calibration” was simply to set the monitor’s contrast to maximum, and set the monitor’s brightness to a value that looked comfortable to me. I didn’t bother changing any settings in software. But I got caught out. Last night IContinue reading “Calibrating a TFT monitor”