This weekend I achieved quite a few firsts in the field of film photography. Here are the headlines: First attempt at pulling film to control contrast I shot some Ilford FP4+ (nominally rated at ISO 125) at ISO 50 in bright sunlight. Under-rating film in this way is called pulling, and in this case I […]Read more "Lots of firsts – and a fail"
I’ve always had a vague interest in film-making. As a child I borrowed my grandad’s VHS camcorder to make various kinds of film, such as this version of Thunderbirds dating from 1995. More recently, I’ve shot videos on my DSLR for the choir. A while back I was given a Super 8 camera but the high […]Read more "My first motion picture film"
This post is aimed squarely at darkroom aficionados. I was given a roll of Kodak Kodachrome 40 in Super-8 format. It hasn’t been manufactured for years and conventional colour processing using the K-14 process has not been possible since 2010. Kodachrome does not contain coupled dyes so processing is not possible using C-41 (colour negative) […]Read more "Processing Kodachrome as a black & white reversal film"
This is a quick post to share a useful resource I discovered online. I’m a relative beginner in the darkroom, and occasionally I find that my negatives don’t come out perfectly. It can be hard to know why, what you did wrong, and how you can avoid the same mistake in future. Fortunately, Olympus have […]Read more "To other darkroom beginners"
Since I started playing with 35mm photography a few weeks ago, I’ve been using Snappy Snaps near Clifton Down shopping centre. It came with the recommendation of a friend. I’ve simply been asking them to develop the film into negatives and then I’ve been scanning the negatives myself. But I noticed that the first few […]Read more "How not to handle negatives"