Using Black and White Filmby Kelly Paal
t's hard to find sometimes but it's making a resurgence, black and white film. If you've never used this film now is the time to try it out. Here are some tips to using B&W film and what you can expect from the results.
- Forget color. This is the hardest thing to do and the number one reason that you will not get good results with B&W film.
- Look for contrast. Once you can ignore color look for contrast. You will want your image to have a bit more contrast than you would normally want in a color image.
- Consider shooting situations that are more formal. Black and white film gives such a wonderful timelessness to an image and it's perfect for formal situations.
- Keep your photos simple. Black and white film simplifies so don't fight it. Keep the images simple by keeping close to your subject or place your subject against a simple back drop.
- Babies and pets look great on B&W film. Place the pet or baby on a white background and you'll be stunned at the beautiful results.
Black and white film creates a timeless simple look. It's wonderful for portraits and formal events. After shooting a few rolls of B&W you'll notice that you start to pay attention to composition of your image more, since you don't have to worry about color. If you're just learning photography try using B&W film for awhile, it will help you teach yourself good composition. Think of light and dark, black and white, and good composition and you'll find that B&W film could be a whole new hobby for you.