Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Removing the film and preparing to process, part of Analog Photography: Shooting & Processing Black-and-White Film.
…We've made it back into the shade after our trip out shooting in this beautiful,…early summer day in Oklahoma.…And the one thing I want to do before I take our film into the lab, which is in…this case the kitchen here, is show you some things about unloading film properly.…I didn't want to do this out in the field, because it's really best to avoid…direct sunlight while you do this if it's at all possible.…If you're stuck in the sun, at least turn your back and…shade the camera with your own shadow as you unload it.…The film canister is fairly secure as far as light, but…it's best not to take any chances with the work we've put into these images.…
All these cameras are going to be a little bit different as far as how…you deal with the film at the end of them.…I know on some of the more modern 35mm SLRs when you loaded the film they…actually electronically find the end of it, advance it all the way, and…then every time you expose a frame they'd rewind it rather than winding it forward.…That way when you finished the roll, all the film was back in the canister.…
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