The first thing you’ll notice when you get a roll of black and white film developed (particularly with the brand of film that I use: Ilford HP5 Plus) is that the dynamic range is a lot worse than what you’re used to with digital and colour film.
January 9, 2016 / By admin / In Film Photography Contests,Photo Lab Blog
This still takes about 2 weeks or longer. I’m there regularly for printing anyway so it’s not too much of a problem.
Our staff will pick 5-15 images from photo submissions, and those finalists will posted on Facebook and Instagram for users to like. The photo that receives the most likes will be the contest winner. Contest is for film images only. Judging criteria will be based on subject matter, composition and overall quality in adherence with the theme..
This added pressure of wasting money on the film and development means that you become a much more careful photographer. You consider how else each photo could be taken before actually taking it.
Entrants should provide details about photos: camera used, film, developed by (hopefully TheDarkroom.com), place, etc.
One of my favourite things about shooting on film is how good skin looks.
You don’t have this option when shooting on film. So you really have to pay attention to what it is that you want to capture and how it’s going to look in black and white.
I’ve written about film photography and I’ve written about black and white photography. You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about black and white film photography.
This really bothered me the first time I got my film back because I didn’t know about it before I shot. I hadn’t adjusted my shooting style to match it.
I particularly like how the light shining on the back of the subject’s head is emphasised by the dark figure behind him.
Take the photo below for example. I knew when I shot it that the left-hand side of the photo was going to be underexposed and that the right would be overexposed. This actually worked out really well.
That being said, there are still places around that do it at a reasonable price to a good standard. But black and white is a lot harder to get done.
I have noticed over the past 2 years that development is getting more expensive. It’s also taking longer to do and film is becoming harder to find. If we take that as a sign of things to come, it doesn’t look too good.
Had I shot the photo above on colour film, you’d be able to see the subject with no problem. When shooting on black and white film, it’s important to determine where the light illuminates the subject and work around that.
Contest will run now through February 29, 2016.. Post up to three of your best film photography images on our Facebook wall for a chance to win a great prize!!!!
35mm film and development is becoming increasingly scarce. This is because some of the major developers are getting rid of their wet labs, only doing digital printing.
Valid only in the United States. Contest Ends – February 29, 2016 Winner(s) will be picked by our staff. Film submissions only. Judging criteria will be based on subject matter, composition and overall quality in adherence with the theme.
Each user is allowed one win, per person, once per six-month period. Photos submission can be used on The Darkroom website or contest promotions, and credit will be given to photographers where appropriate.
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I urge everyone to start shooting on film as soon as possible. There’s a good chance you won’t be able to experience it in the future.
We have a great post on how to digitize film photos you should check out. Or how about trying our black and photography challenge to keep improving your work!
The answer is simple – there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.
Black and White Film Developing – With over 40 years of Black and White film developing, you can trust your 35mm and medium format black and white film to The Darkroom
Black and white film in particular makes the skin look great. The natural grain adds texture and detail, while the lack of colour emphasises the tone of the skin.
The effects produced and the parameters you have to work within are very different from any other type of photography. This can produce some very interesting results – results that you may associate with a much older style of photography.
Once you understand how the film reacts to the light, you can use it as a creative tool in your photography.
Black and white film photography is all of this and more. Normally, when I take black and white photos, I shoot in colour first and convert it afterwards. This gives me more options in post production.
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My nearest lab that will actually develop it in-house is about 25 miles away. This isn’t really a lot of use as the development process itself takes a while. Instead, I take mine to my nearest major lab, who send off for it.
We know you love shooting black and white film…it seems to convey emotions and feelings that are sometimes unexpected. We love it too, and are seeing more and more black and white film come through the lab for processing. Show us your B&W creative images that you’re proud of…and you could possibly win an amazing film camera for participating.
The light is harder to control but, when you expose a photo correctly with the light in the right places, the results can be much more dramatic.
That’s also one of the advantages of the poor dynamic range. The contrast on neutral colours is boosted.
You rely much more on composition, texture, shape and form to create a good photo, so you have to look for this before you shoot, not after.
Mistakes can get pretty expensive if you’re not sure what you’re doing with your film camera. This forces you to quickly learn what you’re doing wrong.
You need to be really careful about this. You’ll find that even landscape shots don’t come out properly, let alone photos of people indoors.
Shot with a Mamiya RB67, Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film in San Clemente, CA.
In my post on film photography, I talk in detail about how shooting on film helps to hone your skill. You think a lot more about what you’re doing before taking each photo, rather than wasting a piece of 35mm film.
That is my favourite reason for shooting on black and white film. You’re forced to hone your skills much faster.