QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE: KODAK EKTASCAN B/RA X-RAY FILM FOR LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHERS

In this guide, I share my personal techniques and methods for exposing, developing, and making silver gelatin contact prints in the darkroom using Kodak Ektascan B/RA X-Ray film.  

As large format photographers we love orthochromatic X-Ray film because it is a fraction of the cost of regular panchromatic black and white sheet film and we can work with it under red safelights.  

There can be challenges with getting the exposure right and controlling the contrast with this film and understanding the tonal rendering.  

In this guide my writing approach is clear, simple, and to the point.  You can quickly glance at any section (metering and exposure, filters, development, or contact printing and apply the information right away.  

You get immediate access to the PDF quick reference guide so you can get started right away. 

WHAT DO YOU GET IN THE QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE?

  • I share my personal techniques and tips for creating consistently good exposures with this film.
  • I walk you through how to control the contrast via my special development process.  I share the developer I use and all the details around development time and agitation method.    
  • I share the process of how I make large format silver gelatin contact prints using this film.  
  • I step you through my entire workflow, from beginning to end, as I make a large format contact print of some fresh flowers that I photographed with my 8x10 view camera using this film.   
  • I photographed a Passport Colorchecker target to help you visualize how the X-Ray film renders color tones. I compare that to a digital photograph that I color balanced so that you can visualize the tonal rendering of this film.  Knowing how this film renders color is an important part of the creative process.  I created a stand-alone page of this for you to use as a reference in the studio or field.
  • I show you the effect of filters and how you can alter the tonal rendering of X-Ray film to your creative advantage. 

You get immediate access to the PDF quick reference guide so you can get started right away.