The company release this film with Earl Grey–which is an ISO 100 film for photographers. But if you’re looking for something that’s a cross between many of these films, Lady Grey is your best bet despite the fact that it’s very overlooked partially due to how young it is.
Ilford HP5 is closer to Kodak Tri-X in that it has high contrast but not much grain. If you want something closer to what you’ll get with a digital monochrome look, then HP5 is what you’ll want. With its own unique beauty, it’s best for still life, studio work or products though you can surely use it for almost anything you’d like. For this reason, we recommend it for pros and those of us who are very knowledgeable with light.
Everyone shoots with Tri-X: beginners, pros, enthusiasts, etc. It’s by far the most famous black and white film out there. You’ll like it to start, but once you experiment with others you’ll probably have your heart stolen by those.
The world’s most famous black and white film is one that has been used by many documentary and street photographers. Its high contrast look and gritty, grainy rendering is often best when underexposed just a bit. Despite the grain, you’ll get lots of details too from your photos providing you’ve got a great lens and a great scanner.
More so than any other film on this list, Ilford Delta 400 will inspire you with its gorgeous looks.
For a chance to win one many great film cameras from our Camera Bar all you have to do is post one of your film photos on our Facebook wall or on your Instagram. Be sure to tag us, use the #TheDarkroomLab_BWportrait, explain the photo well in the caption, and tell us the film type, camera used, and where you got it developed (hopefully The Darkroom!). *You are limited to one submission. If multiple photos are posted we will only consider the first submission. This contest is a U.S. only contest*
Overall, it’s one of our favorites and we recommend it for beginners and pros alike. It’s a very forgiving film, too, and we have to warn you that it will make you want to go back out and shoot more.
I was lucky to nail focus in this picture, though the large d-o-f of f8 probably helped here. | Belair + Lomography Lady Grey
3rd place with 1,236 combined likes, Matt Allen’s Mural portrait, shot on a medium format Bronica ETRS with Kodak Tri-X 400.
Here are a bunch of black and white films that we think you’ll fall in love with.
Most of the Impossible Project’s users are enthusiasts. You’ll have some versatility with the Polaroid 600 type cameras, but if you’re a fan of the old Fujifilm emulsion, you’ll need to know that and realize that this isn’t it.
**Please note that our Facebook wall is private so you wont see your post on our wall but you can see it in the “Visitor Posts” section.**
For over 40 years, we have developed literally millions of rolls of film and we still love it! Most of us have been doing it for a long time – A.J., Ronnie, Joe, Emmanuel, Aimee, Nancy, Chris, Glen, Keith, Jay, Cyrus, Philip – all with at least 10 years in the craft. We love cameras of all types, as well as the trippy, new films. The Darkroom… Lots of experience and lots of love!Learn more about The Darkroom.
Captured on Ilford FP5 125 with a Nikon FM & 50mm f/1.8 by Mimi Connelly.
1. Upload your FILM photographs to our Facebook wall or post to your Instagram page. Be sure to tag us and use the #TheDarkroomLab_BWportrait hashtag. thedarkroomlab instagram.com/thedarkroomlab thedarkroomlab facebook.com/thedarkroomlab
1st place 3,046 combined likes, John Carleton’s “Dreaming” photo of his daughter on Across 100 and taken with Pentax 6×7!
2. Caption it – In the caption, tell us about the photo, where you’re from, the film and camera that captured it, and tag #TheDarkroomLab_World. Contest Ends – October 31, 2017
One of our favorite films is Ilford Delta 400. With less contrast than the much more famous Kodak Tri-X 400, you’ll find a new look for street photography and portraiture. With slightly less grain than Tri-X, its look is best suited for portraits and street photography.
With low contrast and lots of grain, Lomography’s Lady Grey 400 it has a fair amount of contrast, low grain and a look very similar to Fujifilm’s now gone instant black and white film. Most folks seem to use it for street photography and candid shooting.
The Impossible Project recently came up with a new formula for their black and white film. In our tests, we found it to turn sepia very quickly and stays nowhere as duo-toned as the now gone Fujifilm 3000-B film. According to conversations that we’ve had on Reddit, it stays black and white in less humid environments.
Thank you all for your beautiful submissions and meaningful captions! With 13,319 total finalist likes, this was our best contest to date – they just keep getting better! If you didn’t win this time, there’s always our next contest which will be announced in the coming week!
Available in 35mm and 120, you’ll probably want to lean more towards the 35mm stuff for street photography and 120 for portraits.
The “B&W Portraiture” contest images have been selected and Facebook & Instagram likes have been tallied. Here are the winners;
November 8, 2017 / By Trevor Lee / In Film Photography Contests
To enter, tag your photo with the #TheDarkroomLab_BWportrait, explain the photo well in the caption, tell us the film type, the camera used, and where you got it developed (hopefully The Darkroom!). Deadline for submission is October 31, 2017. Remember, it has to be black & white film and it has to be a portrait. We can’t wait to see your entries. Until then, good luck!
Our staff will pick up to 12 images from photo submissions and those finalists will be posted on Facebook and Instagram for all to like. The photo that receives the most combined likes will be the contest winner. Contest is for film images only. Judging criteria will be based on subject matter, descriptive caption/photo details, composition and overall quality in adherence with the theme. Photos submission can be used on The Darkroom website or contest promotions, and credit will be given to photographers where appropriate. By entering, you are warranting that you own full rights to the photo, and you indemnify and hold The Darkroom harmless from any claims to the contrary. The Darkroom reserves the right to modify the rules of this contest should it be deemed necessary for clarification or other purposes. By submitting your photo to the contest, you are agreeing to these terms.
Film–the beauty of it has inspired apps like Instagram and loads of profiles that digital photographers think can be easily adapted to mimic the look of the celluloid and chemical reaction’s results. You can probably say this about color photography, but there is no way it can be said about black and white. For what it’s worth, black and white film looks beautiful and is much more organic than most results that you’d get from a digital camera.
This contest will run September 10 through October 31 , 2017.
On top of this, we recommend that you keep it out of the sun for at least a day. The film needs a lot of light, so be sure to use a flash or overexpose it.
Winners Selected – “Black & White Portraiture” Film Photography Contest
2nd place with 1,273 likes, Olivia Hutcherson’s “A coming of age.” portrait of her father, captured on her trusty Canon AE-1 with Kodak Tri-X 400tx.
There’s something awesome about portraits captured on black & white film. With color out of the equation, monochrome tones highlight what’s most important: the person – their expression, their distinct features, and emotion. We always enjoy seeing your black & white captures. For that reason, we are excited to announce our next film photography contest