Create: Fun Film Facts

Everyone calm down. I can feel the rage brewing through this horrible connection I have at the moment. Film. It has taken on mythical proportions in the consumer, prosumer, and online worlds. For the pros, no, they are busy making a living and digital is the name of the game, but film has such an incredible, funky history I thought it would be fun to share a few of the oddities I’ve learned along the way. I processed my first roll of film in darkroom at San Antonio College in 1988. I rolled the film on top of itself and the emulsion came off in my hand. I knew I was hooked. We built fires to warm chemistry and processed TRIX in straight Dektol. That was the time and the place. Snowflakes beware, not every photographer gets a trophy. Take your lumps and enjoy the process. Get it, process?

8 Comments on “Create: Fun Film Facts”

  1. Great video…..if only for the nostalgia. I shot hundreds of UK TV magazine covers on EPP. What we needed then was consistency; using the same lab, same lighting, same lenses gave you peace of mind. Clip test it and push or pull a third, perfect. Fabulous skin tones and pretty neutral colours. We must all remember, film was used before the internet, so you couldn’t seek the opinions of a vast amount of users, some good some awful. You had to find a film, find it’s characteristics and follow a consistent line.
    Digital is brilliant, and having shot film stills on pushed EPT 35mm, I can testify that it’s a total breeze to shoot digitally. I shoot digitally for work, which I have to and I would choose to, but for my own work, I always shoot Ilford 3200, process in Rodinal in a real carefree manor, scan with my digital camera, dodge and burn and add contrast in photoshop and digitally print up to 3 feet by 2 feet.
    So, what is known as a hybrid process works now for me, you just cannot replicate grain digitally.

    1. I have to try the camera scan sometime. I have a flatbed, and I hate scanning. But I’m also lazy, so I’m not sure the camera scan would be any better at overcoming my laziness.

    2. Neil,
      Spot on. Noise and grain are different. Period. Clip tests, snip tests. Digital is so convenient….it’s magic.

  2. Your compare and contrast of Tri-X and TMax was dead on! You even explained why my back always hurt when I was college. I had no idea I was sharing the couch with a roll or two of undeveloped film.

    Entertaining and informative as always… thanks

  3. Hi Dan,
    great like always! At the moment I am down here at Visa pour l’image in Perpignan. One day you should come back again an we meet here!
    All the best from Leif ( from Germany-at the moment here in France)
    Take care!

    1. Leif,
      Wow, the fact it is going on is fantastic. It has been years. I would need to bone up on my photography to feel good about it. Enjoy!

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