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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.
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.
8. Because B&W film is cheaper to buy and develop it’s a lot more affordable to try new techniques and experiment.
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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.
1. Black and white photography is cheap. Black and white (B&W) film is cheaper than colour. You can often find it reduced in price.
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2. Developing B&W film in a lab usually costs a bit more than C-41 colour. However, it’s easy to develop B&W film yourself at home. The cost for developing a roll yourself works out at about £1 (USD 1.50 / EUR 1.20) a roll.
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6. Printing B&W film is also pretty easy. It’s a great feeling being in charge of the whole photographic process from shooting and developing through to printing.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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The answer is simple – there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.
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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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4. Developing your own B&W film requires the following equipment: changing bag, bottle opening, scissors, developing tank and reel, developing fluid, stop bath, fixer, water.
This still takes about 2 weeks or longer. I’m there regularly for printing anyway so it’s not too much of a problem.
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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.
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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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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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.
3. If you decide to develop your own B&W film you can keep the developing fluid after use and reclaim the silver which is left over from the developing process. You’ll have to do lots of developing to get any significant quantities of silver, though!
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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.
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.
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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.
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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One of my favourite things about shooting on film is how good skin looks.
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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 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’s also one of the advantages of the poor dynamic range. The contrast on neutral colours is boosted.
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.
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I’ve been shooting black and white film more and more recently. Here are some of things I’ve learnt since shooting in black and white.
5. It doesn’t really matter if it’s an overcast day when shooting B&W. Clouds are white, so is your film.
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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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That is my favourite reason for shooting on black and white film. You’re forced to hone your skills much faster.
7. It’s possible to use different colour filters (yellow, orange, and red) to change the tones of the photo. Using filters darken the sky and make clouds look more defined.
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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.