Film in Black and White

7 thoughts on “Film in Black and White”

    1. Thanks!
      Yes, I definitely need to focus on lighting the subjects properly. especially outdoors.
      The original prints for these pictures have more contrast. I’m kinda bummed that the scanner didn’t capture them quite right. At first they looked sepia!


  1. Hi,

    I don’t think the lighting for your images is the issue, the technical composition is fine, maybe bounce the light in rather than lighting it directly?

    I think it’s the chemistry you have used or your darkroom technique which is giving a little bit too much grey. When you are next taking pictures of people try using a developer called Agfa rodinal which will give you a higher contrast and a sharp grain or possibly when you are printing try using a slightly higher filter. If you put a border on the image it will help the eye pick up the darker tones in the image and give a defined edge to the lighter tones.

    Keep up the good work and keep shooting to film.



    1. Hey,
      Thanks for your advice!
      Yeah, I think I need to invest in a real photographer’s reflector. The one I used for these is a car reflector that I got in a hurry.
      It reflects wayyy too much light. Especially as seen in the first image.
      I will definitely keep “Agfa Rodinal” in mind and will try the border technique on my next project. I bet it’s gonna come in handy. The film came out very dark – but I’ll have to wait until I do my contact sheet. Ahh, fingers crossed!
      – JQ


  2. Hi Jacquie
    These look good to me. Don’t worry about film being difficult – it’s part of the attraction! I Still make a dogs breakfast of the odd roll after years of practice.
    Agree with the Rodinal suggestion, especially with Agfa APX100 if you can get hold of some.
    Good luck with the next project.


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