LARGE FORMAT B&W FILM TESTING VIDEO WORKSHOP

"I've Simplified The Process For Testing Large Format B&W Film So You Can Work With Total Confidence & Create Your Best Work Ever"

Tim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format PrintTim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format Print

  • Testing your large format black and white film is one of the most important investments you can make in your large format photography because you gain total control over the entire range of tones in your images.  
  • By using my 7-step visual-based testing process, you can test any black and white film and developer combination to establish your personal film speed (Exposure Index), and the correct development times for (N) Normal, (N+) Expanded, and (N-1) Contracted.  
  • No more guessing if your film is rated at the correct speed and you know with authority how to control and place the full spectrum of tones in your images via a repeatable and consistent process.
  • By rating your film at the proper speed you will have open shadows and by knowing your normal, expanded, and contracted development times your highlights will be spectacular.
  • You can place the tonal values of your images in any zone you wish for realistic interpretations or dramatic results.
  • Stop wasting your time, money, and efforts and take control of your large format black and white photography.   

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Tim Layton's black and white film testing process is of value whether you are a large format beginner or an old sage.  

You can get unlimited access to every video workshop and eBook in my entire analog photography training library for less than half the cost if you purchased them separately with my All Access Pass

Your properly exposed and developed negative is a solid rock that you stand on that provides you the opportunity to shape your final images and prints no matter if you are scanning your negatives, printing in the darkroom, or doing both.  

Note: if you have purchased Module 2 from my Large Format Video Workshop Series, the film testing workshop is included for you.  

I walk you through how to properly test any black and white 4x5 large format sheet film and developer combination to establish your personal film speed (EI), and the proper development times for Normal (N), Expanded (N+), and Contracted (N-) negatives

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WHAT ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS SAYING ABOUT THE WORKSHOP?

"Tim, I just returned from a 1600 mile round-trip run to the Smoky Mountains armed with my confirmed EI, development times for N, N+1, N-1, and your sheet film record sheets (bound into a book). My lovely assistant (and wife of 30+years) loved your record sheets! She no longer had to wait until I called out what I was doing, she asked questions before I was ready! When I emerged from my first film development series this morning I was smiling! With your film development test results, my rate of success has tripled! Now all I worry about it is the art of composition and capturing the light!" -Tim Schroll

"I’ve been in photography a long time. I’ve always tested film speed and development.  It has always been time-consuming and you use a lot of film. I have searched for a better, faster way of testing. The Large Format Black & White Film Testing Video Workshop by Tim Layton has answered all my wishes. It’s easy, fast and you don’t need a lot of film. I love it. The workbook is easy to understand, with great videos." -Bill Jackel

“I believe that without Tim's film testing guide, I would have wasted 10 or so sheets of 4x5 film before finding my film speed, developing film time and DMAX printing value. Tim has saved me time and frustration and helped me move forward exponentially with my love of film photography.” -Favian Roldan

"I have taken several of Tim Layton's workshops, including Modern Platinum and Palladium Printmaking with Digital Negatives, Exploring Paper Negatives, Black and White Large Format Floral Still Life Course, and I have also used his ebook on Split Grade Darkroom Printing.  They are all excellent.  They have probably saved me several years of experimentation to get to the point where I am now.  Currently, I am just completing Tim's latest workshop Large Format B&W Film Testing.  The techniques to determine your own Exposure Index (EI) and development time for your chosen film and developer taught in the course immediately allowed me to solve a problem I've been having with my 4X5 negatives.  They had been consistently underexposed by 1.5 to 2 stops.  After determining the actual EI and normal development time for my film and developer by going through the workshop step by step, it readily became obvious what my problem with my negative was and how to correct it.  

"Not only that, but I now understand how to determine the EI for any large format film I might want to shoot and/or to determine the normal development time for a new developer.  In addition, the course also shows how to control contrast by varying the development time given the differences between shadows and highlights for any particular scene.   In other words, it provides the basis for using the zone system in your photography. The steps Tim outlines are clear, concise and easy to understand. The material is organized in a very logical manner and with Tim's guidance through the accompanying videos you will come away from this workshop with a much better understanding of how your large format film behaves and how to take advantage of that.  As I said up front, I have learned a lot from Tim's various other courses and would highly recommend them, but I have to give Large Format B&W Film Testing an A+ for the quality of its content and high value of information in that whether you photograph landscapes, floral, architecture, and more, understanding how your negative behaves and how to take advantage of that is a crucial first step to producing a beautiful photographic print." -Steve Schanzer

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WORKBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS

In addition to the step-by-step videos, Tim provides you with a comprehensive workbook in PDF format that walks you through the entire film testing process. I film testing worksheet is included along with reference materials.  

  • INTRODUCTION
  • BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
  • UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE INDEX
  • THE ZONE SYSTEM SUMMARIZED IN A PARAGRAPH
  • ZONE SYSTEM & SENSITOMETERY
  • GENERAL TIPS
  • STEP WEDGE SETUP, EXPOSURE, & DEVELOPMENT
  • Step 1 – Prepare Step Wedge
  • Step 2 – Meter & Expose Step Wedge
  • Step 3 – Develop Step Wedge & Blank Film
  • Step 4 - Evaluate Negative For Proper EI Rating
  • PROPER PROOF & DEVELOPMENT TIMES
  • Step 5 - Determine Your Proper Proof Time
  • Step 6 - Create Contact Print To Determine Normal Development (N)
  • Step 7 - Establish Development Times for N+ and N-
  • SUMMARY
  • NEXT STEPS

You can get unlimited access to every video workshop and eBook in my entire analog photography training library for less than half the cost if you purchased them separately with my All Access Pass

BENEFITS OF THE LARGE FORMAT B&W FILM TESTING VIDEO WORKSHOP

  • In addition to the course videos, you also get a detailed step-by-step eBook and a film testing worksheet.  
  • Establishing your personal film speed and development times is the first part of a larger black and white fine art workflow.  If you want to go to the next level and master the darkroom, Tim has a special offer for you below to bundle this workshop with his B&W Darkroom Video Workshop.  (See details below)
  • Knowing your true film speed and establishing correct development times for Normal (N), Expanded (N+), and Contracted (N-) is paramount for consistent results and artistic control over your negatives.  
  • Are you tired of guessing the proper exposure index (EI) for your film and developer combination? (hint: it’s almost never the manufacturer’s rating)
  • Increase your confidence and certainty across your entire large format work flow to include exposure, development, and scanning/printing by combining this workshop with the B&W Video Workshop (see details below). 
  • By using your true film speed, you set the stage for your shadows to be open and beautiful.  Then, by knowing the different development times, you can control the overall contrast and placement of your highlights.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1 - Do I need a densitometer to test my large format black and white film? Answer: No, Tim teaches you a visual based method, however, Tim does offer the ability to mail him your developed step wedges after you think you have your personal Exposure Index and development times correct and he will verify them on his densitometer for you free of charge.

2 - Do I need a Stouffer TP4x5-21 transmission step wedge? Answer: Tim uses the Stouffer TP4x5-21 transmission step wedge because it is the fastest and most reliable way for large format black and white photographers to properly test any black and white film and developer combination without needing a densitometer.  The cost of the step wedge is far less than the cost and frustration of improperly exposing and developing your film.  The step wedge can be used an infinite amount of times to test any black and white film and developer combination making it a good value.  

3 - Can I use roll film to perform the testing?  Answer: In this video workshop, Tim uses 4x5 large format sheet film because the TP4x5-21 Stouffer transmission step wedge is made to be used with 4x5 large format sheet film.  

4 - Do I have to use any one method for developing my film? Answer: No, you can use any type of film development process that you want (e.g., SP-445, Jobo/Rotary, Dip & Dunk, Tubes, Trays, etc.) and any agitation method (inversion, BTZS, Semi-Stand, Stand, Rotary, Shuffle, etc.) because you are learning the methodology and process for establishing your proper film speed and associated development times based on your specific process.  

By establishing and testing for your personal film speed coupled with knowing the proper development times for normal (N), expanded (N+) and contracted (N-), you have total control over your negatives and this sets the stage for your scanning and/or printing in the darkroom.  

Tim’s process works whether you are scanning your film, printing in the darkroom, or both! 

In this video workshop, Tim walks you through the entire testing process using one of the most popular black and white film and developer today using Ilford HP5+ and Kodak D-76.  

You can use Tim’s process for any 4x5 black and white film and developer combination that you want to use or experiment with today or in the future.  

Tim Layton teaches you a visual-based process to identify and verify your personal film speed and development times for any black and white film and developer combination using a Stouffer's step wedge which eliminates the need for a densitometer.  Tim includes a free offer to read the densities of your step wedges after you complete the workshop if you want to do that.  

After completing the training you will be able to work with total confidence knowing that you can achieve pure black (DMAX), open shadows, and detailed highlights.  

No more guessing or wondering the true speed of your film or how long you should develop it!

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Any B&W film developer of your choice (D-76, HC-110, XTOL, Pyro, Rodinal, etc.)

Stouffer 4x5 TP4x5-21 Step Wedge or something similar 

Any B&W sheet film of your choice (e.g. Tri-X, T-Max, FP4+, HP5+, Delta, Fomapan, etc.)

Basic darkroom chemicals and paper to develop your negatives and contact proofs

Light source to create contact prints (any enlarger, or a DIY contact proofer)

You can get unlimited access to every video workshop and eBook in my entire analog photography training library for less than half the cost if you purchased them separately with my All Access Pass

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