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Film & Processing
George Schaub Mar 28, 2012 Published: Feb 01, 2012 34 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.
Film & Processing
Roger W. Hicks 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.
Barry Tanenbaum 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...

Steve Bedell Feb 01, 2006 3 comments

One look at the work of Richard Lohmann and you know you are viewing the work of a very skilled photographic practitioner. But what really has Lohmann excited these days are evolutions in digital technology. A combination of advanced film processing techniques and new ink technology has convinced Lohmann that he can now produce images comparable in quality to platinum prints...

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Frances E. Schultz 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.

William Davis 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...

Frances E. Schultz 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...

Jay McCabe 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...

Film & Processing
George Schaub Feb 01, 2005 3 comments

All Photos © 2004, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved

I grew up with black and white. Color, for me, was a distraction, a pretty thing that was fine for stock and the family album, but the color of the photographic blood that ran through my veins was monochrome. I spent many a year in the darkroom, honing my black and white skills, and even paid the rent for a good many...

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Jack Jeffers 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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Frances E. Schultz Sep 01, 2004 1 comments

If you enjoy black and white photography you might question whether you need a traditional darkroom at all. Maybe you would be happier shooting black and white with a digital camera, and printing digitally. But many...

Paul Mozell Sep 01, 2004 2 comments

Very few people would dare to ask this question, "Is digital better than film?" just a few years ago when the only cameras that could produce a digital file with qualities that approached film's capabilities cost in the neighborhood
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Roger W. Hicks Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

This article was very nearly called "9600," which is what you get if you multiply 24 by 400. Twenty-four films, that is, times ISO 400. There are at least this many, though half a dozen or so aren't available in the US. Even 18 films is however a pretty impressive number for a...

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Roger K. Bunting Sep 01, 2003 146 comments

A century and a half of research and development in photographic processing technology has given us some mighty fine materials to work with. The ease and speed of processing high quality black and white photos with today's materials is truly...

Film & Processing
Cris Daniels 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...