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Classic way of conveying images using black, white and shades of gray, thereby emphasizing shapes and shadows.

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Vintage vs modern B&W photography techniques differ in color luminance - what's going on here?

A co-worker of mine was trying to identify a film clip of a ticker-tape parade, and was thinking it was a parade from WWII in Italy (celebrating V-E Day), because the clip showed a tri-color flag with ...
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Longest (unlimited?) shelf-life B&W developer for sporadic use?

Is there a B&W film developer without limited shelf-life? For example, something encapsulated so well, that it can be stored unopened for decades? For example, something like tablets in metalized ...
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Lossless Format for B&W Scans [closed]

I will be scanning a number of old black and white photos from both medium format and from glass plates. I'm wondering what my best bet is for digitizing and archiving them. So I suppose it's a 2 part ...
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Should I get Ansel Adam's book or John P. Schaeffer's Ansel Adams Guide?

Which of these is better for black and white beginner like me? Ansel Adam's Trilogy: The Camera, The Negative, The Print John P. Schaefer: The Ansel Adams Guide: Basic Techniques of Photography (Book ...
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Can you replicate the look of orthochromatic film with a blue filter on panchromatic film?

Going back in time, films used to respond to a more limited range of the visible light spectrum. These orthochromatic films, unlike today's more common panchromatic films, were very sensitive to blue ...
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Black level correction for images

As I have figured, the main cause for the intensity values in an image to be non-zero even in the absence of light is the dark current which propagates through the photodiodes, providing some charge ...
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What type of B&W film did Saul Leiter use?

As shown in Saul's monographs Early Black and White or In My Room. What kind of BW negative rolls did he use?
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What happens if I develop a B&W film as color?

My friend accidentally did it, and got very interesting pictures with an aspect that reminds something akin to pictorialism. I would like to know more about the actual chemical 'impact', what actually ...
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What causes “noise” in a low ISO 35mm film?

I've recently re-discovered and started using my parent's old Canon AE-1 Program. A recent roll demonstrated an unexpected result when scanned: a grainy/noise-like structure across all images. The ...
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Why does the Y component in YCbCr represent luma/intensity?

As far as I know, the RGB to YCbCr conversion is just a linear transformation, yet the Y channel successfully captures the intensity value of each pixel. How? In other words, where do these magic ...
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What is the correct developer for BW Kodak Tmax 400?

Thanks a lot for the previous answer related to the color film. Really helped me understand a lot! :) Now I'm in a bit of dilemma regarding which developer should I choose for my BW Kodak Tmax 400. ...
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What is the advantage of making true black and white gelatin prints rather than color prints, from black and white film?

I recently had a few rolls of black and white film developed. When choosing options for 4-inch prints, I could either opt to have color prints or, for an extra cost, true black and white prints. I ...
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Can red LEDs be used as darkroom safe lights?

In the past when I have used a darkroom the safe lights have been a dim incandescent bulb, with an 'orangish' colored filter. Given red light is less energetic than orange, and LEDs are reasonably ...
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I'm new to developing film at home — how should I assess my results for grain, tonal range, and etc.?

I'm starting shooting film and develop it at home. For my first roll of film i've used Fujifilm Acros 100 on a Olympus OM-1n with F.zuiko 50mm 1.8. Please see the attached image (straight from the ...
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How to recreate Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30?

I usually shoot outdoor when plenty of natural light is available, so I don't really care about flash, reflectors, etc (mostly street photography, sometimes landscape). After seeing Edward Weston's ...
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Why is the cost of film going up so fast?

Two years ago 25 sheets of Ilford Delta 100 4x5 B&W cost just over $25. My last purchase last fall it was ~$35. Now it's $46. That's a steep rise! What's driving these rising film prices and can ...
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What are these circular splotches on my negatives?

This is my first roll of Tri-X 400, developed with D76 using Massive Dev's chart in this order: developer stop bath (tap water) fixer tap water (quick 1 minute wash) Photo Flo (2 minutes) tap water ...
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Silver Efex-like alternative for Linux?

Without a doubt, Silver Efex makes Black & White processing easier. Sometimes I work on Linux, and too bad Silver Efex only runs on Windows & Mac (haven't try Wine, though). The "de-facto" ...
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Uneven tank development

I've had a similar problem before with tray development, but I've since moved an hour away and switched to tank development. Tank development seemed to fix the problem for the past >100 negatives ...
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35mm film - put fixer immediately after developer instead of water

Is that mistake what caused this strange bleeding effect of the shadows? See image below: You can really see it above my keyboard here on the phone holder. It's like a big blob of shadow. This is ...
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color to black & white photo…back to color mishap

What do you think I pushed to make my Canon 6D take black and white photos? Initially, I was taking colored photos. About 12 pictures were converted in gray and then I continued to take colored ...
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What technical terms or rules of thumb do I need to understand for a black and white conversion of a photo? [duplicate]

Below is a photo taken by me: Below is a photo I found on internet: There are some visible differences between the two. One is dull and the other has visible blacks and whites. I feel I need to ...
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Why is software-based manipulation of images frowned upon while hardware-based manipulation is acceptable?

In my previous question someone pointed out that unnatural HDR based toning will get more objections from the photography community than cropping. I personally feel that slight HDR based enhancements ...
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Why are there little white dots on my bw negative, and how can I fix it?

I've been deving some bw film at home, but on one of my negatives there are a lot of little white spots everywhere. Why has this happened, how can I prevent it from happening again, and how can I fix ...
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Fiber paper curved on arrival?

I recently bought my first box of Ilford Fiber B&W 8x10 paper. Even though the box is straight and undamaged, the entire ream of paper is curved. This seems like it will make it hard to ensure ...
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Angles For Portraits [closed]

I am a freelance photographer. I know the key rule is to focus on the eyes for a good Portrait Photograph. But there are various ways/angles from which a subject is shot my personal favorite is top ...
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Does black and white film have any advantage over black and white effects in digital?

I understand that digital sensors use an RGGB layout for pixels, where 50% of the pixels are green, 25% blue, and 25% red. This means that any particular pixel is sensitive to only one particular ...
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How to create a gray/black color background in a photograph

These are two examples of photographs with black background. My question is how can I set the background like that? Was it through post-processing or on shoot? by Saul Leiter And this by Hélène ...
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How was this Penelope Cruz photo by Peter Lindbergh lit?

(published in this CNN article). The catch light seems to show us a big window with people standing in front of it. But wouldn't window light produce a more flat lighting? There is a clearly visible ...
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Recreating Kate Moss, Life Is A Joke. What lens and lighting? [duplicate]

I want to recreate this Kate Moss, Life Is A Joke image with a friend (and later photoshop in a moustache). I'm unfamiliar with beauty/studio photography. The hair and make up I can wing. Am I right ...
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What resolution can I reach with a B/W paper negative?

I would like to expose some B/W chemical photopaper directly in a large format camera to obtain paper negatives. What is the maximum effective resolution I could obtain on said paper? assuming a ...
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has the signage above this shop been changed ( photoshopped , etc?)

in this pic it says post and telegraph office , but if you look above , and to the left and right of it and below , it looks like there was something there , but has been brushed over / changed in ...
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Film Camera White Balance in Studio

I found this thread but still have questions: What is the white balance of film? I am going to use Film in studio with Strobes. The films I am experimenting with are: Fuji FP-100C (Peel-apart ...
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How to get these rich skin tones in black and white

I saw a poster advertising a photography exhibition while I was vacationing in Denmark. I snapped a picture of it, because I liked the skin tones of the subjects: How could one get such a skin tone ...
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Can I develop my b&w film a year after shooting it?

I am a US citizen spending about a year in Germany and I've been shooting black and white film (ilford delta 400). I'm nervous about my film being in someone else's hands so I would prefer to develop ...
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How Does This Style Photo Can be taken? [closed]

I wonder if anybody can explain to me how does this photo has taken and what is the name of this style photographing. Thanks in Advance UPDATE : Please help me DSLR setting , too. I have Canon EOS ...
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How did first B&W enlargers work?

I made some researches online to try to understand how the first enlargers worked. I think that first enelargers started being used in the 1880s, considering kodak produced its first camera in 1888. ...
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What colour scheme for model aircraft should I use to give a realistic black and white film photo?

I very much doubt I'm the only person here who has wanted to do this, and I'm hoping that some advice can be sought before I start on this project. I have been a big fan of model building since I was ...
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What can I do to restore an old black and white photograph with many white spots when I scan the print?

and the part I'm interested in: Unfortunately, this is roughly 45 years old, no negatives.
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Calculating snow exposure with a spot meter

I've been using a Sekonic light meter in spot mode for over a year now with the zone system, and I have consistent issues with snow. Despite putting the snow on zone 8, that area of the negative ends ...
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How do I white balance for B&W with Lee filters?

I am a B&W newbie....I'm using an X-T2 and the Lee 100mm polyester filter B&W set; I'm shooting in RAW. Let's assume I am using the green filter. Shooting: Do I do a custom WB before the ...
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Is the B&W setting on cameras like the PEN-F no different than using Photoshop? [duplicate]

The Olympus PEN-F has a "Black and White" dial setting. Is this just a gimmick, or will it give images that are not possible using color settings? In other words, obviously a color image can be ...
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How can I avoid a yellowish hue in my darkroom print highlights?

Using Ilford Multigrade Developer on Ilford MG RC Glossy paper, my prints have a yellowish hue in the highlights. I'm very new to darkroom printing, but I was expecting a greyer/whiter color in the ...
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What settings to use for portrait with white background? [duplicate]

I am newbie trying to get a good picture of my friends (contrasting skin color) with snow covered mountain in the background. I tried using aperture priority mode with f/11 and 1/100 sec, 28 mm. ...
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How to decide whether a portrait should be in color or black and white?

How to decide whether a portrait should be in color or black and white? I'm particularly concerned with "headshot" style portraits, showing primarily the subject's face. On what basis should it be ...
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How to make an image black and white but leave certain parts in colour in photoshop? [duplicate]

I have taken some pictures over the weekend and think they will look good if the image was in black and white but the main subject was left in colour. I have Photoshop. Can anyone tell me how to do ...
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What to do with old photo paper

I am doing some spring cleaning and have discovered (well I sort of knew they were there) at the back of a cupboard the following un-exposed B&W white papers: Ilford 5x7 Pearl Multigrade IV RC ...
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Developing negatives in a car? (B&W)

I plan on taking longer camping road trips with my 4x5 camera. I'd like to be able to develop the negatives while I'm traveling. I will not be staying in any buildings, just sleeping in a tent. I'll ...
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Which color filter do I use for a black & white portrait?

I know color filters "block out" colors opposite to the color of the filter, and when used in black & white photography, can brighten or darken the object depending on its color and the color of ...
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B&W Negative Tray Developing: Uneven Development

Shooting on an old Graphlex Speed Graphic 4x5 using tray development I am having consistent problems with uneven development, noticeable especially in the skies. Update: I get perfectly even ...