Scanning Monochrome Film: The Basics

OK, here’s the secret: there’s no secret.

When it comes to putting black-and-white film on a scanner, there’s no voodoo involved. It’s just physics. Simple physics that are refreshing after wresting the grizzly bear that is C41 colour film. Shooting photons through an emulsion and catching them on the backside is precisely what’s on the menu here. The only metric we’re dealing with is density, after all.

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How-To: Push-Metering for Simple Cameras


This is probably old news to most folks, but I thought I would pop a quick notebook entry up for posterity. I’ve published a review of the lovely Zeiss Ikon Box Tengor here on Twin Lens Reflux, and in that article mentioned that it was made for PanF and other slow films of its era. We all shoot in less than ideal conditions, and being able to make the most of dim conditions is convenient. Especially when your brightest aperture is a austere F9.0.

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The Human Landscape: Photographing Strangers

Seems to be a trend that many people would like to make more portraits but don’t know where to start. Being out and about is easy, lots of people enjoy bipedal photography in their hometowns or abroad. When you’ve photographed all the statuary and have creeped on all the great cars and been tossed out of all the coffee shops you’re left with the most intriguing and engaging part of any community. What makes the community. The people. Continue reading “The Human Landscape: Photographing Strangers”