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Questions regarding photography using film.

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Is it possible to substitute or alter color dyes during color film development?

Lately I've been really interested in film chemistry, particularly the different chemicals that they used -- not only the chemicals present in C-41, ECN-2, etc. processes that are still in use, but ...
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How do I interpret the characteristic curve chart for film, and how does it relate to exposure values?

Here is a characteristic curve of Velvia 50: What does 0.0 value represents (how to interpret it)? How do I convert log H to EV? Let's say I consider a liner part of the curve between -0.3 and ...
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What does the edge marking 'safety film' mean?

I developed some Ilford FP4+ and on the edges it reads "Ilford FP4+ Safety Film". What does the safety film bit mean?
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What kind of a Polaroid 600-camera is this?

Please help me with this! I know it's a Polaroid 600 'cause the model and the film it uses. It has a yellow "live for the moment" logo in front of the cam (see the pic) and behind the flashbar. Also ...
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Mamiya 645 Pro TL focusing [on hold]

What's the trick to reliably focus on a Mamiya 645 Pro TL?
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What are these streaks in negative scans I got back from a lab?

I'm a beginner that's getting back into film photography after many years. I just received scans of my negatives and noticed some of them have streaking while others do not. I feel like this may have ...
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Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film?

Is it still possible to purchase 220 and 10×8 sheet film? I am retired. previously owned three pro. Photography studios looking to get back into work again. Need help locating materials.
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Can I re-rinse developed negatives?

While printing this weekend I noticed my negative had a very visible dry mark. Can I rewash the negative, possibly adding Photo Flo and drying it again ? The negative isn't very old (1-2 years max), ...
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Can I use ILFORD ILFOTEC HC to push BW film?

The technical information pdf for Ilford Ilfotec HC states: We do not recommend push processing using reused developers. Looking through Choosing a B&W Film Developer, it says for some ...
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Has Nikon made a camera without an exposure meter?

So looking into a first film camera and I've always heard good things of Leica M cameras. I am familiar with the Nikon FM and its successors, but those cameras all contain an exposure meter. Has Nikon ...
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What features should I look for on a negative scanner?

Just as the question says, what sort of qualities should I be looking for when purchasing a scanner to digitize my film negatives? I'd like to know what the qualities are and a brief description of ...
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If I shot Tri-X 400 at ASA 800, should I develop at 800, and can I go all the way to 1200?

I shot 8 rolls of tri-x 400 on an olympus xa-2. I set the asa on the xa-2 to 800, 1 stop over. Should I develop at 800? ie push 1 stop? I would like to develop at maybe 1200, ie push 1.5 stops. ...
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Does the order matter in filter stacking?

Suppose I want to shoot a bright location inside, with a shallow DOF, where the temperature is very warm, and on film. Easy, I just grab my ND and 80A filters. Now what? Do I put my ND filter on ...
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Why do my prints darken too quickly in the developer tray?

I'm playing with a pinhole camera recently.¹ It's the first time I'm actually developing photos myself. On my developer bottle it says I should use 1 unit of it and mix it with 9 units of water. ...
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How to take photos with the same aesthetic of the attatched photo? [closed]

How can I go about taking photos like this one? I'm have no photography background but would like to get into it. I absolutely love the colors in this along with the grain and whole vibe of the ...
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I can't seem to take photos properly with my Diana F+

I have a Diana F+ and im using a 35mm film. Can someone kindly explain to me how to properly use a Diana? And how can you move the white dot, because I can't seem to. How will you know how much film ...
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What are the differences between D-76 and Xtol?

I'm starting to run out of developer for B&W film and was looking online for some more. I've been using D-76 and I see nothing wrong with it; however, I saw that I could also buy Xtol. What are ...
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How do I know the expiry date of this film?

I have some Fujichrome Sensia 100 here. I am quite sure this is already expired. I wanted to know for sure but could not find any date on the roll. I guess this was some very standard slide film. I ...
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What caused excessively high grain in Delta ISO 400 film developed by a shop?

I have shot film before, never black and white though. I also haven't ever developed a film before, neither did I this time. I used Ilford Delta 400 and I shot it at rated ISO (at least I think I ...
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How can I view vintage medium-format negatives (from about 1950)?

I have been given a box of vintage negatives from my late Fathers estate. I believe they were taken in the '50s and the size is about 6 x 9.5 cm. Is there a piece of kit I could view these old ...
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How do I prepare frozen/refrigerated film for use?

Similar to my other storage question, what needs to be done for the long term storage of undeveloped film? I know that heat is very bad for film (especially color) and that I should store it in a ...
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How do I avoid torn sprocket holes with bulk loaded film?

I've started to use bulk load film (Ultrafine 400) and I've noticed that after I've developed it the sprocket holes are torn and twisted. Any ideas or suggestions as to why this happens? I don't know ...
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How were negatives backed up prior to the availability of inexpensive scanners?

Prior to scanners becoming a commodity, how did photographers make duplicates\backups of their negatives? For example, if a wedding photographer's shop burned down, how did they recover? Or was it a ...
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Is stop bath necessary for black and white prints?

I got my enlarger and I'm ready to start making prints. For chemicals, I have Kodak Dektol Developer and Fixer; however, I'm missing Stop Bath. I've heard conflicting reports about how necessary Stop ...
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How can I find the film speed and type of unmarked, exposed120 film?

I have several rolls of exposed 120 film from a trip, some of the rolls are black and white and some are color, and the speed range from 100 to 800. I would like to get the film developed, but I cant ...
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How can I get this “brushed background” but clear subject effect by manipulating film negatives?

I was recently inspired by the works of Davis Ayer, who manipulates film to achieve a very unique look. I have been manipulating film negatives myself, but I have yet to learn how to achieve these ...
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Significance of shutter speed? [duplicate]

I am sure this is a common question, but to find it easily, what is significant about 1/125 and 1/30? My teacher asked us and I have no idea. I can not find it anywhere. Why are these shutter speeds ...
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How do modern or recent film SLRs compare to vintage models?

Growing up in the digital age, I have never used a film camera. I have recently started considering adding a film SLR. $5k Leicas aside, are there any new film SLRs out now that are worth over an ...
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How can I save money on shooting, developing, and printing 35mm film?

Over the past year I have gotten back in to shooting 35MM. I'm looking for any suggestions in my process that may reduce the cost accrued. The cost that I am facing right now is roughly just under a ...
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Is B&W paper optimized for colour negatives available today?

I have a good number of colour negatives that I've shot over the years. My university also used to have a machine to process colour paper, although that was thrown out. As a result, any photos I wish ...
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Can I store exposed film in the fridge (when it was stored before shooting, too)?

Let's say I store color film in the fridge. I shoot a lot, and I rarely have time to develop, so the exposed films accumulate. Can I store them in the fridge again? Is there a problem with this ...
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Where or how to get exposed, developed colour film to use as a filter for infrared photography?

I was told that exposed developed colour film can be used to block visible light for infra-red photography. Where can I get some of this, or can I do it myself? I have a roll of 400 ASP colour film ...
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What is the best way to store negatives from the 1940s and '50s? [duplicate]

These were stored in their canisters for over 60 years. I have copied all of them. What is the best way to store them? Should I straighten them out and put them in protective sleeves? Or should I ...
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How to read a film color response chart?

This is partially a follow up to my first question where people provided information about color response charts. I was wondering how to read them. Take for example this one from Kodak: This image ...
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Concerns with glass slides vs glassless

When developing and storing color (or black and white for that matter) slide film, I've seen that you have two major types of slide mounts: glass and glassless. From what I've read, glass is better ...
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Is there a specific color temperature to film?

Recently, I was taking some pictures of the snow using Kodak Gold (I believe) 200 and Fuji Superia 200. When I got them developed, I noticed that the Kodak had a "warmer" feel to them than the Fuji, ...
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Should film cameras be stored with a cocked shutter or not?

When shooting with film cameras with manual film advancement/shutter cocking, is it better to store it for a longer period of time with the shutter cocked or not cocked. Does it not matter? I'm ...
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Minolta x370s low range led blinks in all light conditions

Using my old Minolta x370s it always shows the metered light as being below the cameras range and the low range led blinks, even in very bright conditions and with the largest aperture. Is this ...
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NIght photography and long exposures with film

I want to begin night photography and long exposures with my Nikon F100. I have noticed that in film photography it is very difficult to shoot and get both the dark and light areas well exposed. ...
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What is the most compact camera/lens setup with movements?

I want to try perspective control and I'm good with using film (large format too) or digital camera (full-frame) to do that. What is the most compact option, which can be used while traveling?
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What to label digital prints made from scanned negatives in an exhibit?

I have my first exhibit coming up but I am not sure about how to properly label my photographs. All the pictures were taken with 35 mm film, then the negatives were scanned and the images were ...
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Does cross-processing transparency film accomplish anything for relatively conventional photography?

What, in fairly objective terms, is the use of cross-processing transparency films? Is it purely to get quirky colors? I don't want to use 'lomo' in a pejorative sense, but I'm wondering if these ...
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Negative vs transparency film [duplicate]

I am interested in 35mm format film but am confused about the following. What are the differences between negative and transparency film? In what situations would one be preferred over the other?
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What are the relative pros and cons of a Pentax K1000 or Nikon F for getting into film photography?

I want to get into film photography and go back to the roots to really learn about the techniques. Would you guys recommend the Pentax K1000 or the Nikon F, and why?
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Is there an effect of temperature on film exposure?

It is obvious that temperature plays a most critical role in developing films. It is not clear to me, though, what effects temperature might cause at the time of exposure. I didn't stumble upon any ...
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Can you reprint photos off a roll of film?

I'm not sure if this is possible or not, but I have found an old 35mm film which was developed about 15 years ago and I'd like to know if it's possible to re-print the photos on it. I was thinking of ...
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Best approach to handle flash with my film camera?

Although I have been photographing for 3 years now, there are still areas I am fairly new to. I really love film photography, but I also like to use flashes for portraits and such. Of course with my ...
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Advice on developing expired Kodacolor 400 film [duplicate]

I purchased a Canon FTb QL at an estate sale yesterday, and come to find out it had film inside. Kodacolor 400. This camera hasn't been used in years. How many I don't know. I know the husband died 10 ...
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How do I achieve this look #84934837 [closed]

Sorry for being another one of those. But I'm really curious to know how this look is achieved: http://i.imgur.com/TBVIJEE.jpg More examples can be seen here: http://ilovewildfox.com/my-home/ I know ...
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Photography editing style and secret [closed]

I am wondering how to edit color to create mood and style. Not just the basics of color correction . Here is a photographer that I admire: Elizabeth Gadd ...