Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring what film formats are available, part of Shooting and Processing Black-and-White Film.
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…One of the things I'd like to establish early on in this course is that…film is a decision making process.…There's no program involved in most everything that we're going to do,…so the decisions that are made in order to gain a successful result,…are really dependent upon your knowledge base.…It's a little bit more challenging, but I'll think you will,…find it a little bit more rewarding as well.…The first decision you're faced with is what format do I want to shoot?…We use format in a different context when we're talking about film.…
It's not about preparing a card to hold new images and making sure you,…you don't lose any of them, because you didn't erase everything properly.…Format refers to the size and…shape of the film we're using in order to capture our images.…First, what you may have heard referred to before, large format film,…this would start at 4 by 5 and go up.…And, we pick four by five, what are we talking about?…Well, it's four by five inches.…The film will come in boxes of sheets that are slid into a film holder.…
Upon returning home, Konrad processes the film, explaining the chemicals involved and sharing insights for getting reliable results. He also describes the negative-scanning process. Finally, to whet your appetite for the other facets of film-based photography, he demonstrates the process of making a silver-gelatin enlargement and offers up some tips on building your own darkroom.
- Exploring film formats, lenses, and cameras
- Loading films
- Shooting black-and-white film
- Working with colored filters and film
- Chemically processing film
- Scanning and storing film
- Enlarging film in a makeshift darkroom