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    Posted: 07 Jun 2016 at 10:55am
Hi all,

next week my Club will do a walk with Analog cameras and I was thinking of getting some B&W film. The shoot will be in the City (old town) and I want to get that High contrast look to my B&W Fotos. I have a Minolta SRT 101 and would like to know the best way to get the look I am after.

What film (it should be sunny) so ISO 50 or ISO 100 Film? For overcast conditions 400 iSO?

Any advice will be welcome.

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G'day Johann,

You will find the higher the ASA the less contrast the film will have, just like higher ISO in digital has less contrast.

You will also find that most films will have between 3 - 5 stops of contrast, so you will want to spot meter around the subject to get the optimal exposure.

Hope it helps,

Have fun.

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Thanks Craig - when you say spot meter you mean overexpose lighter subjects and/or underexpose darker, right?

The great Thing about this Experiment is that you Need to get it right in camera - no "cheating" with PS or LR ;-) This helps me sharpen up on my technique.

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Spot metering is taking exposure reading in the highlights and shadows and mid greys, this will help you to get your overall exposure and composition correct.

Spot metering is taking an exposure reading around the subject frame so that you know where your highlights and shadows are.

And yes, using film helps you to understand how to get it right in the camera and you can learn the principles and apply them in the digital world and get them right in the camera there as well.

You dont want to overexpose your highlights because when they are blown out there is nothing to recover in film because the emulsion is literally burnt off the film when processed.

However, if you consistantly overexpose or underexpose, you can ask to have the film pushed or pulled. Meanning, when the film is overexposed in the camera, you can underexpose in the processing by up to about 2 stops, if underexposed in camera, you can ask to have the film pushed to bring up the overall exposure by up to 2 stops in the processing. So there is a bit of latitude with getting the exposures right in the end.

Hope it helps.

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The Problem is if you send in to the labs in the Shopping centre there is no way of asking to push/pull exposure/developement - or I have not seen this. This however is cheap because you only pay for what you take.

I'll probably have to go to a pro lab to get them developed.This will probably be more expnsive.

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G'day Johann,

Shopping center film labs are a "What you see is what you get" process. They dont have any expertise in chemical processing themselves, and its only just shove it in the machine and there are no variations in the processing.

Yes, sending the film to a Prolab will be more expensive, however, they will provide you with more options (or should) unless you know of someone who does their own processing and knows how to do the Push / Pull processing.
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I have been doing some Research - developing them yourself does not seem that hard... with a Little practice and some Investment I can do this at home :-)
Where there is a will there is a way - doing it all yourself gives a certain measure of satisfaction too.
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Got the camera, got the film, got the Location, all I Need now is sun at the right angle and a model. :-)
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Hope it all works well for you and dont worry about making mistakes, its part of the learning curve.

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