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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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Light meter battery ran low and I overexposed my ASA 400 HP5+. How much should I push my film?

Equipment: HP5+ 400 ASA, Rollei 35 Light conditions and subject: Sunbather in grass surrounded by trees but with Sun in clouds fairly overhead, sometimes in some shadow. Bright day but with sky ...
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Should I shoot color or black and white 35mm film to learn photography fundamentals?

I want to practice composition, or the basics of photography in reality. From what I've read, some people say shoot color, or only shoot black and white to learn composition right. From my personal ...
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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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How do I remove yellow discolouration from a scanned B&W photo in Photoshop?

I have a b&w photo that seems to have been impacted by sunlight. It’s not an overall yellow cast, but lots of imperfections. I have photoshop, and although not an experienced user, I have some ...
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Old Photo Restoration Stuck On Scan Lines

I'm attempting to restore an old photo with pretty bad speckled silvering as opposed to large areas. I've managed to get rid of the spots but in doing so have inadvertently increased the scan lines ...
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My film didn't fully develop

This is my first time trying to develop film. I just bought a camera from ebay and the seller said everything was working fine. The film I used was the Ilford hp5 plus and I developed it with the ...
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Why does light-colored skin look different in black and white versus digitally desaturated versions of color originals

One friend, who was a photographer, commented that a desaturated photograph of light-skinned people looks like they have a suntan compared to a true black and white picture of the same skin, and ...
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Where can I find B&W film for an Imperial Satellite 127 camera?

Recently I was given an Imperial Satellite 127 camera as a wedding/moving away gift. I was pretty excited about it since older cameras have always interested me, but I've not ever owned one. Also, I ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

So there's a photographer named Renato D'Agostin who is renowned for his very high-contrast and minimalist photos, and while I don't want to recreate his style per se, I do want to try to replicate ...
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ACR: Quick Color Preview While Using “B&W Mixer” tool for Black and White Photo?

In Adobe Camera Raw, when using a monochrome color profile, we get the B&W Mixer tool: When using this tool, I wish I could quickly enter a keyboard shortcut and see a quick color preview of the ...
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What happened if I put stop bath ahead of developer

I accidentally processed my TriX 400 with stop bath ahead of Rodinal for 13 minutes. Will my negatives still be usable?
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Can I do “back conversion” of a B&W JPEG to color?

I have a black and white JPEG. It is in fact an RGB image, which means that the color is still there. And I know from past experience that when I shoot B&W with my Canon, the color image is still ...
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Increase shadows and contrast but keep developing time standard with TMAX 400 Film

I would like to increase contrast make it stronger / darker with TAX 400 Film but keep developing time standard. Do I have to push this film or underexpose it? If underexpose then by how much? I would ...
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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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Linear Gradient Histogram

Could someone explain to me in why the histogram of a linear black and white gradient looks as follows? What I do not understand: I was told that humans are more sensitive to darker and lighter ...
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How do I achieve this creamy black and white look?

The JW Anderson SS19 campaign video has this very unique black and white look to it (that very much applies to photography too), and I can't figure out how to replicate it. I'm not sure if it's ...
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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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Color negatives came out blank

I'm new to film photography and since I've started i have developed my film on my own using the Caffenol recipe. I have developed some film Rolls with success but this time the film came out ...
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How to proceed after having developed the negatives?

There are a lot of excellent questions (and answers!) about the process of developing (BW) film at home. I would like to try my hand at it, too. But it's not exactly clear how to proceed after ...
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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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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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What's wrong with my scan?

I took some pictures using Ilford FP4 Plus 125 on my Canon Eos 3. Can't remember the lens, but it's probably a sigma 50mm 1.4. The developing and scanning was done in Samy's. The result looks flat, ...
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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 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 did)...
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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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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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What is the significance of the word “Color” in the names of some older lenses?

This seems closely related to How does a lens affect the saturation of a picture?. Some older lenses I've seen contain the word "Color" in the name, such as Color-Yashinon and Color-Skopar (the ...
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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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Is it okay to print from monochrome onto color paper?

I am interested in printing some black and white photos and can't decide on the type of paper to print my photos on. I have struggled to discover comparisons between different photo papers. For ...
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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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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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Shooting black and white on a color film

I am thinking at the moment of the possibility to take a black and white picture with a color film. I know that one can develop a color film as a black and white film (with varying results), and also ...
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Why is 18% grey considered to be in the middle for photography?

I heard someone (a photographer) say recently that 18% grey is half way between black and white, not 50%. This seemed a bit illogical to me, and when I asked her why, she said she didn't know. After ...
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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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What are the specific uses of different ways to convert to black-and-white?

This tutorial explains six ways to convert an image to monochrome: The "standard" grayscale conversion operation. The desaturate operation. Decomposing to RGB and using any one of the channels. ...
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Can a regular scanner be used to scan negatives?

I have some black and white negatives from 1952 period. I tried to scan them on a regular flatbed scanner, but I am getting very little signal, the image has all the levels compressed into a very ...
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How do I get the high contrast sharpness seen in this B&W portrait?

I would like some help on achieving this image on my D7000: the only lenses I have with me are: 50mm f/1.2, 80-200 AF f/2.8 and the 18-105 kit lens I tried B&W with the built-in B&W ...
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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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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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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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Is it better to take Black and White photos during daylight hours or evening?

Is it better to take photos for intended black and white images during the daylight hours or in the evening? I really like landscapes that have a good contrast when it comes to the clouds and skyline ...
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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" ...