Back in the Darkroom

After a few months of being far too busy I finally had another go at developing some B&W film; two rolls of 120 from my Holga and my first attempt at 35mm. The Holga developing went okay, quite a mixture of images and exposures from looking at the resulting negatives – which is pretty much as I would expect given the limited control I have over exposure with the Holga (none at all?).

The 35mm film looks to have come out much better than I had hoped, it helps that I use a good film camera with good metering (Nikon F80). It also helps that I am much more aware of exposure and correct use of aperture and shutter speed than I ever was when my film camera was my primary tool. Practise really does help although I do miss the instant feedback from digital.

Preparing to develop...

AtHome_2011-02-17_19-48-18_DSC_8352_©RichardLaing(2011)

Having developed the film I now need to scan it in or try my hand at printing, I may give that a go this weekend if I am feeling very brave (and patient). I’ll post some images if I do try my hand at printing and enlarging.

In the meantime I am continuing with my 365 Project and seriously considering a month in completely manual mode. I am now very comfortable in aperture priority mode but I am starting to look at better lighting techniques, including playing with high speed sync and I think I need to get comfortable using the camera in manual. – the next step is then using my speedlights in manual mode too. Looks like a busy month or two, so much still to learn.

This is all really part of my tip for the day – learn your camera, read the manual and know all the common controls backwards so you don’t need to think about it.

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