Film rap

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It’s al­ways a de­light when AP runs an ar­ti­cle on ana­logue pho­tog­ra­phy, and Matt Parry’s ar­ti­cle (‘ Black & white film es­sen­tials’ in AP 10 Fe­bru­ary) is no ex­cep­tion. Matt men­tions the ‘sunny f/16’ rule, which is some­thing I of­ten quote to dig­i­tal users ag­o­nis­ing over ex­po­sure, along with the fact that, in days gone by, the in­struc­tion leaflet with ev­ery roll of film in­cluded an ex­po­sure guide. Sadly, this seems to have dis­ap­peared around the time that DX cod­ing on films ar­rived. It is in­cred­i­ble that we man­aged to get any­thing ex­posed right at all back then. It’s ironic, though, that the same peo­ple who buy the lat­est dig­i­tal mar­vels ac­cept the wis­dom of the elders who tell them to use man­ual ex­po­sure and spot me­ter­ing ‘be­cause that’s what the ex­perts do’ – and pro­ceed to use a spot read­ing from the cen­tre of the frame ir­re­spec­tive of the tones there, rather than seek­ing out mid­tones, me­ter­ing, and re­com­pos­ing. More power to Matt, AP, and the small num­ber of spe­cial­ist firms which stock film, chem­i­cals and pa­per. My dark­room never closed. This pic­ture of a boy on a slide (see

John took this pic­ture back in 1970; this is a scan of the neg­a­tive

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