Lots of firsts – and a fail

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 […]

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My first motion picture film

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 […]

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To other darkroom beginners

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 […]

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How not to handle negatives

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 […]

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