Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting film with basic settings, part of Analog Photography: Shooting & Processing Black-and-White Film.
…Okay, we're ready to head out into the field and start to make photographs.…Just to reiterate, I'm shooting with Ilford HP5 Plus 400 speed film.…I've changed the ISO setting on my camera to 320, so I will slightly…overexpose the film as compared to the manufacturer's speed rating.…I think this film choice will work well today.…As you're probably noticing, we're going from clear sun to cloud cloud cover here.…We've got a typical Oklahoma day with these gentle breezes of…about 10 to 30 miles an hour with puffy clouds in the sky.…
So we're going to have a rapidly changing environment to contain with as we…make the photographs.…One of the things I want to talk about briefly is the film itself.…Unlike the digital sensor which just captures the reflectance of…light as well as the color of that light, all this is recording is tonality.…And it's recording that tonality the amount of…light reflected by activating silver halide crystals with a latent image.…We will later chemically turn that latent image into black metallic silver.…
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