Film Photography

What is film? Film used in photography has many layers that imprint when they are exposed to light. Black and white film has fewer layers than color film. When the shutter opens, the light goes through the layers of the camera and creates the photo. Why use film? You may wonder why someone would choose film when digital photography is easy and convenient. Many people who enjoy film photography find that they have more control over their pictures and can be more artistic with the use of light, film speed and the rate at which they open the lens. Film also allows photographers to images using double exposure and different developing techniques. People who use film in photography often consider themselves artists rather than simply people capturing an event or scene. Where can you buy film? A decade ago, you could find film for cameras at almost any convenience store, drug store, home goods store or grocery store. Finding film today is much harder. You can no longer walk into any store and buy film for your camera, but...

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Film Cameras

Most cameras produced today are digital and do not use film. There are still some film cameras being made, but they are almost entirely professional quality for use by artistic photographers. If you want to buy an amateur quality point and shoot camera today, you will need to look at older models that have been previously owned. Loading a Film Camera Film was loaded into traditional film cameras by opening a compartment and either dropping a roll of film inside or placing a film spool in a particular location. Sometimes the film spool had to be tucked into the other side so that it could be wound. If you opened the compartment once the film had begun to move, it would destroy the film. Cameras With Instant Film The Polaroid camera was a type of film camera popular many years ago. The film used in these cameras was special because it would develop immediately, so the user didn’t have to wait for the film to be developed in a lab. This is the type of camera people are talking...

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Developing and Editing Film

Photograph Exposure Remember great-grandma’s old silverware that was actually made of silver and how it tarnished? The reason it tarnished was because silver blackens when exposed to light and oxygen. Black and white film and processing uses this principle to create visual images. Finely ground silver particles were placed into an emulsion that was applied to a clear backing layer, originally glass but eventually plastic. A camera’s lens projects the light reflected from an image onto the light sensitive film. Bright areas of a scene such as white reflect a lot of light so that area of the film will “tarnish” more and turn black. Black areas reflect little light so those areas would remain clear. This is the basis of how a negative image is created. Processing Film is processed by submersing it in several solutions. The first solution is called developer. After the appropriate amount of time in the developer the film is moved to a solution known as stop bath. Once the stop bath has done its job the film is moved to a solution known...

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Film Photography

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Film Photography

Film was once the only type of photography available. People loaded film into cameras, and the film created a picture when the shutter was opened and the film was exposed to light.

Film Cameras

Film cameras were the only type available just a decade or so ago. Now it is nearly impossible to buy a film camera. Nearly all cameras made today are digital.

Developing Film

Film is developed by placing the exposed film into several different chemicals that bring out the image and transferring the image onto paper. When the chemicals have dried, the result is a photograph.