Sage Advice for New Black and White Film Photographers
When a photographer starts exploring black and white film and darkroom printing for the first time, I have noticed a few recurring themes over the years. I am writing this article to help highlight advice that I tend to give to photographers on a regular basis based on the trends that I see. I hope that new black and white film photographers will consider my insights as they begin their journey.
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I am not comparing modern digital-based photography to black and white film in this article because much of my advice could easily apply to digital-based photographers, except for the film-based points. I am sharing my insights and tips from the perspective of a photographer that is using black and white film as their choice of medium.
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I wish you a wonderful journey as you begin and live out your creative potential. I am always happy to answer questions and help.
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Besides Ansel Adams' Trilogy, he also has a book named "Examples: The Making Of 40 Photographs" that is excellant
Enjoyed it.Thank you Tim.
I love the whole process of framing and shooting a picture, unloading the film from the camera and loading it onto the reel, developing it and the excitement of seeing each frame as it hangs there to dry!
Then...... Deciding what process to use to recreate the image I saw in my mind when I took the shot and then bringing the whole thing to life ☺️ it's an amazing journey to explore!! The more I learn about analogue photography the more I realise just how little I know!!
This may not seem a direct answer to what you asked Tim but, it's the whole process that excites me with black and white (and colour) photography..... I've yet to find a secondary interest to focus my primary interest on.
Paul martin symes(non-registered)
Thanks for the insights.
I love the whole process from shooting right through to making my prints.
The unknown is something that is missing when I shoot digital and for me it cheapens the images .
I am still quite new to photograph only having taken up the hobby a couple of years ago ,I started with film and it will always be my favorite medium.
The process of printing to me is magical each time I see the image appear in the tray I am still amazed.
I feel I am part of the process when I develope my films and when I create prints ,they are physical things I created using my hands and my skill (what little I have) this you cannot recreate with digital.
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