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Film Photography Handbook

Chris Marquardt, Monika Andrae

Film Photography Handbook

Rediscovering Photography in 35mm, Medium, and Large Format

$31.99$49.95
SKU: 1039


280 pages | Hardbound, 8 x 10 in.

ISBN: 978-1-68198-064-5

May 2016

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Print Book: $39.95
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    In recent years, film photography has witnessed a significant renaissance—and not just among those who have previously shot with film. Interest in film photography has also grown enormously among those who only have experience shooting digitally. In The Film Photography Handbook, authors Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae speak to both kinds of film photographer as they offer an easy-to-understand, complete resource to shooting film. They also address today’s working climate, including such topics as the hybrid film/digital workflow, the digitization of negatives, and working with smartphones for light metering and to assist in film processing.

    This book is intended for anyone who is curious about film, whether you need a refresher course or are discovering this wonderful format for the first time. You’ll learn how easy it is to shoot and process black-and-white film at home, and how little special equipment you need to get into film photography.

    You’ll learn all about:

    •the important differences between film and digital photography
    •numerous film cameras, as well as how to buy a second-hand camera
    •film formats, from 35 mm to medium format and large format
    •exposure settings, tonal values, and tonal representations in different types of film, from color negatives and slides to the enormous spectrum of black-and-white films
    •processing film, covering everything you need to know: equipment, chemicals, and workflow
    •scanning negatives to bring your film into a digital workflow
    •both presenting and archiving your prints and negatives

    Working in such an “analog” medium requires a unique approach to photography, and it fosters a completely different form of creativity. Working in film can also prove to be a great inspiration for your own digital photography, as well. The Film Photography Handbook covers it all, from the technical to the creative, and will have you shooting film in no time, whether it’s with an old rangefinder, an inexpensive Holga, or a medium-format Rolleiflex or Hasselblad.

  • Table of Contents
    1 Why Film Photography? 1 1.1 Enjoying the Process 2 1.2 Too Many Options Make You Unhappy 5 2 Analog or Digital? 9 2.1 Film Grain 10 2.2 Arrangement 11 2.3 Sharpness 11 2.4 Area 12 2.5 Contrast Range 13 2.6 Angle of Light 14 2.7 The Bayer Pattern 15 2.8 Banding 15 2.9 White Balance vs. Film Type 17 2.10 Further Processing 19 3 Cameras and Film Formats 21 3.1 35mm 22 3.1.1 The Film 24 3.1.2 Rangefinder 25 3.1.3 Single Lens Reflex Camera 27 3.2 Medium Format: 6×6, 6×7, and 6×9 28 3.2.1 Film Types 30 3.2.2 Image Formats 32 3.3.2 Camera Types 34 3.3 Large Format: 4×5” 37 3.3.1 Large Format Cameras 39 3.3.2 Film and Film Holders 41 3.3.3 Camera Movement 42 3.4 Tips on Buying a Camera 44 3.4.1 Light Seals 44 3.4.2 Shutters 46 3.4.3 Lenses 48 4 Exposure 51 4.1 Stops 52 4.2 F-Numbers 53 4.3 Light Metering 54 4.3.1 Reflective Metering 54 4.3.2 Incident Metering 54 4.4 Without Light Meter 55 4.4.1 Sunny 16 56 4.5 With Light Meter 57 4.5.1 Handheld Light Meter 57 4.5.2 Smartphone 58 4.5.3 Digicam & Gray Card 59 4.5.4 Professional Light Meter 59 4.6 Light Metering with the Zone System 60 5 Film 65 5.1 Black-and-White Film 68 5.1.1 From Color to Black-and-White 68 5.1.2 Orthochromatic Film 70 5.1.3 Panchromatic Film 72 5.1.4 Infrared (IR) Film 75 5.1.5 Infrared (IR) Film with Aura Effect 77 5.1.6 Color Filters 80 5.2 Color Film 82 5.2.1 Color Negative Film 82 5.2.2 Slide Film 84 5.2.3 Other Types of Film 86 5.3 Instant Film 90 5.4 ISO—The Film Speed 94 6 In the Laboratory 97 6.1 Industrial Laboratory 98 6.2 Professional Laboratory 98 6.3 Processing Yourself: Black-and-White 98 6.3.1 Overview: Negative Processing 98 6.3.2 Chemicals 99 6.3.3 Hardware 113 6.3.4 General Procedure for Film Processing 120 6.3.5 Troubleshooting 149 6.3.6 Digital Helpers 152 6.3.7 Community 155 6.3.8 Push and Pull 156 6.4 Processing Yourself: Color 162 6.4.1 The Press Kit 162 6.4.2 Temperatures 162 6.4.3 Useful Accessories 163 7 Post-Processing 165 7.1 Traditional 166 7.2 Hybrid Analog/Digital 169 7.2.1 Scanner Types 169 7.2.2 Scanner Parameters 172 7.2.3 Scanning Software 175 7.2.4 Scanner Profiling 176 7.2.5 Accessories 176 7.2.6 The Scanning Process 179 7.3 Digital Printing 196 7.3.1 Having Photos Printed: By a Discounter 196 7.3.2 Having Photos Printed: At a Professional Lab 197 7.3.3 Printing Photos Yourself 198 7.3.4 High-End Ink Jet Prints 199 7.3.5 Profiling 201 7.3.6 Printing Workflow 202 7.4 Historical Processes 204 7.4.1 Cyanotype 204 7.4.2 Albumen Print 208 8 Presentation 213 8.1 Mats 214 8.1.1 It’s All About the Right Size 215 8.2 Frames 216 8.3 Mounting Techniques 217 8.3.1 Matting 217 8.3.2 Mounting 218 9 Storage and Archiving 221 9.1 General Considerations 222 9.2 Storing Negatives 222 9.3 Prints 224 9.4 A Tidy House, A Tidy Mind 225 10 Fun with “Planned Accidents” 227 10.1 Cameras and Optics 228 10.1.1 The Box Camera 228 10.1.2 Diana, Holga, and Other Toy Cameras 231 10.1.3 The Pinhole Camera 233 10.1.4 The Subjektiv 236 10.1.5 Zone Plate 236 10.1.6 Lensbaby 236 10.2 Expired Film 237 10.2.1 Experimenting is Fun 239 10.2.2 Film Speed and Light Conditions 239 10.2.3 The Special Joys of Cross Processing 241 10.2.4 A Residual Risk Always Remains 242 10.2.5 Treated Film 242 10.3 Double and Multiple Exposure 243 Appendix 253 Index 257