Introduction: Cross Processing Film (an Analog [ Film ] Photography Guide)
Well There i was developing my Black and white film in the Photo lab In my High School , when something hit me. No it wasn't the tripod falling off the shelf, it was an idea. I had been reading the forums on some photo blogging websites on how people do some cross processing of film , and i decided to try it out on my own
In this Instructable i will be showing you how to cross process C-41 film using D-76 chemicals.
I will also be showing how to properly operate and expose the film
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Step 1: The Camera
I chose to use a Canon AE-1
This camera is a SLR - which stands for - Single Lens Reflex . The SLR type cameras usually shoot 35mm film which comes in canisters that contain 12 , 24 , or 36 exposures ( unless otherwise specified )
I chose to use a 50 mm F 1.8 Lens with my camera [ Not like i had a choice, i only have one lens , hahah]
I particularly like the Fixed focal length lenses because they cannot zoom , this may not make sense at first, but when you have only one lens it makes you think more and focus more on the image and less on the settings.
Most SLR film cameras have a setting somewhere on the camera to adjust the film speed.
My camera has an adjustable dial inside of the shutter speed dial that goes from ASA-25 to ASA-3200
Just to clarify the terms ASA and ISO are basically interchangeable
ASA - American Standards Assoc.
ISO - International Standards Org.
They just describe how sensitive the film is to light
EX.) an film that has an ISO or speed of 100 is twice as sensitive as a film that has an ISO of 50
Step 2: Film
For this Instructable you will be cross processing C-41 film (color film) in D-76 chemicals (black and white chemicals)
I wanted to try this because i knew from prior attempts, that you CAN NOT Develop black and white film in color chemicals
I know this by taking one roll of the ultra fine extreme , shooting it, and trying to get it processed at my local C.V.S.
This did not work , the result was a completely blank film and there was no emulsion left at all.
So , if you were to try to duplicate the results (photo at end) you should use color film (C-41) developing, and develop in in
Step 3: The Developing ..... or Not
I have since graduated from the school where i did the film developing, an because of that i cannot show the exact manner in which i developed the film.
There are places where you can send out film to get it developed and if you do decide to do this, make sure first that they will accept film being cross processed.
Step 4: The Final Product
Well after all the work ( hoping and praying ) IT FINALLY WORKEDDDDDDDDD :)
When i got back into the dark room and before i actually saw the film i was freaking out .....
but what i got back was basically a sepia tone black and white Photograph
Question----- Will developing Color (C-41) film in Black and white chemicals (D-76 ) work
Result----- The negative as shown is a inverted scan of the original negative so if i had any Photoshop skills i may have been able to turn it into true black and white photograph....
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