Combining detailed explanations of all aspects of black-and-white 35mm photography with exercises that clearly illustrate each concept step-by-step results in a comprehensive how-to guide to the camera and darkroom.
This manual covers the basics of taking a shot by explaining the camera functions, how the camera meters light, and the proper use of filters. It teaches beginning through advanced techniques for shooting, developing, and printing and offers advice on selecting the right lens, the proper depth of field, and correct exposure.
Included are darkroom tips on setup and maintenance and details of the latest technology and equipment.
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.
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.
Once you understand how the film reacts to the light, you can use it as a creative tool in your photography.
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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.
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.
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This still takes about 2 weeks or longer. I’m there regularly for printing anyway so it’s not too much of a problem.
I am not sure who the intended audience is for this book. The Editorial Review, which includes statements like “Written in a clear, detailed, and fairly thorough manner, this book will be of great value to amateurs with limited experience”, indicates that this is an introductory text.
Although it clearly it was intended to provide an introduction to the subject, sections like “Film Loading” … “Check to see if there is any film already loaded in the camera …” seem far too elementary for just about any reader.
Unfortunately the book never progresses far from an extremely simplistic overview and provides little value to anyone with any experience, however limited, in the field.
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.
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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.
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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.
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I particularly like how the light shining on the back of the subject’s head is emphasised by the dark figure behind him.
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This book explaines the different techniques of photography and how to use a darkroom, it is really interesting and helpful for the begining photographer.
This is a book for those who yearn to take better, more interesting photos, without getting into the minutia of photographic technology until later.
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That’s also one of the advantages of the poor dynamic range. The contrast on neutral colours is boosted.
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.
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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.
One of my favourite things about shooting on film is how good skin looks.
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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.
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.
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.
At first glance, these three books are similar in content, format, and price. However, whereas both Midzal!s Black & White Photography for 35mm and Garrett!s Black-and-White Masterclass provide a broad, introductory overview of black-and-white photography, Busselle!s Processing and Printing concentrates on darkroom techniques for making exquisite photographic prints. Generously illustrated with examples of finely printed photographs, Busselle!s book is sumptuously printed on quality glossy paper. It guides the reader through virtually every step, from setting up a darkroom to the storage and presentation of finished prints. Written in a clear, detailed, and fairly thorough manner, this book will be of great value to amateurs with limited experience in printing black-and-white photographs and will also appeal to professionals, who will be greatly impressed by Busselle!s darkroom artistry. Mizdal and Garrett have both written very useful titles, particularly for those who would like to learn the basics of black-and-white photography. Both books emphasize 35mm photography, although Garrett also briefly discusses medium-format photography. Curiously, given the popularity of black-and-white photography, there are few good, current introductory manuals, and these two works will be welcomed by anyone interested in photography. Both books cover everything from film and cameras to caring for equipment. Written in a succinct manner, Mizdal!s work will appeal primarily to beginning photographers. Although also quite suitable as an introduction, Garrett!s book discusses toning, retouching, and other techniques in a little greater depth and detail. It also includes several helpful case studies. All three titles are recommended for photography collections in public and academic libraries. An especially fine book, Processing and Printing is highly recommended, particularly for libraries where patrons are interested in photography as an art form.”Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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.
The book is a sequential arrangement of photographic topics arranged to instruct the reader in camera use, film development and print making. There are suggestions to personalize picture making as well.
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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.
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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.
That is my favourite reason for shooting on black and white film. You’re forced to hone your skills much faster.
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.
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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.
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.
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