Film & Processing

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Sep 16, 2011 Published: Aug 01, 2011 21 comments
If you’re a confirmed film shooter, welcome to the new all-but-universal color film. If you’re new to color film, this is the place to start. And if you shoot both film and digital, but have been neglecting your film cameras, say three Hail Kodaks and repent, or at least, don’t sin again until after you’ve tried this stuff.
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Jay Abend Posted: Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

Ah, the Omega D2. Every time I walk into my darkroom and see my own well-worn enlarger my mind flashes back to my college days, where the university had about 30 D2s working hard every day. Many long hours spent putting together my first black and white...

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 28, 2012 Published: Feb 01, 2012 39 comments
This story began with the discovery of a few old rolls of C-22 126 format film in a drawer coinciding with some information that came in from the folks at Film Rescue. The idea of finding the formula for and mixing C-22 chemistry was not appealing, and while I could have probably gotten an image using Dektol, inexperience with processing old color films and fear of losing whatever was on the film prompted me to contact the company. I’m glad I did.
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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Feb 01, 2006 1 comments

There are quite a few new photographic papers available this year, despite many changes in the business. As with film and chemistry, the paper business was affected by the "Ilford Factor."

From late August 2004, when Ilford went into receivership, to early February 2005, when a management buy-out succeeded, the future of Ilford was in some doubt.

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Cris Daniels Posted: Apr 01, 2003 1 comments

Photo Retouching Techniques

The art of photography and digital imaging has always been the kind of experience where the learning process never ends. There are always new techniques, pieces of equipment, or goals for the...

Jay McCabe Posted: Jan 01, 2006 1 comments

"With the alternative processes, you can see someone's hand at work. It's a very personal way of creating a photograph."

Most of us are finding more of everything thanks to digital imaging technology, but for some photographers, the essentials are getting scarce. Jill Enfield, for example, for whom it's not a question of cameras--she uses...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Jun 01, 1999 0 comments

It seems that as technology strives to make picture taking easier and more digitalized there is a backlash among many photographers toward rediscovering techniques and processes of the past. Therefore, I thought this would be an opportune time to share my...

William Davis Posted: Feb 01, 2006 1 comments

Stymied by all the buzz about megapixels, dpis, ppis, and what-have-you? Should you use a digital camera? Or shoot film? And which is really better? Well, yes, it's a veritable jungle of competing facts, pseudo-facts, and ideologies out there. Then there is the obsolescence factor. As someone who bought a Nikon F Photomic in 1968, a Linhof 4x5 in '70 and proceeded to...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

Shooting In The Wet

It was the longest mileage day in a multi-day bike tour of the California Wine Country and the Mendocino Coast and we had yet to ride a mile when the rain that had been threatening started to come down. At...

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Jack Jeffers Posted: Dec 01, 2004 1 comments

All Photos © 2004, Jack Jeffers, All Rights Reserved

After spending more than 30 years documenting the Appalachians and publishing two books about the region, I retired to Lander, Wyoming, in 1996, to fulfill a childhood dream of living and working as a western artist. Higher mountains would mean greater challenges, I thought.

The western...

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The Editors Posted: Feb 01, 2001 1 comments

Just as when you put a new lens on your camera, loading black and white rather than color film makes you see differently. The images you make deal in the gray scale world, where tone and texture and an exciting range of light can be found. There are deep blacks, bright...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2001 Published: Jun 01, 2001 0 comments

Agfacolor Vista 800
Bearing a strong family resemblance, this film appears almost identical to Vista 400 in 4x6 prints. In my 8x12 enlargements, contrast appears a bit higher, an advantage in the flat light of an overcast day.

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Feb 01, 2003 0 comments

Still Using A Lab For B&W Prints

In the years BC (Before Color), black and white labs for amateurs were taken for granted. After that...

Barry Tanenbaum Posted: Feb 01, 2007 3 comments

I went into this determined not to portray fine art photographer Chris Faust as some sort of oddity because, lo and behold, he still goes into the darkroom. And as a photography teacher, he encourages others to do it, too.

But when I said, "I'm not going to approach this story as if you were an oddity in the age of digital," he stopped me with...

Frances E. Schultz Posted: Feb 01, 2006 1 comments

"Sorry, that's been discontinued." The salesclerk shakes his head. And that, you realize with sinking heart, is that: no more of your favorite film, paper, developer, whatever. These are trying times. What do you do?

First of all, make sure he's telling the truth. Far too often, "That's been discontinued" actually means...

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