B&W Film Exposure, Processing and Scanning

UrszulaMelbourne – Studio Workshop
•  02 December 2017


This intermediate/advanced Studio Workshop explores the unique qualities and advantages of B&W film in the age of digital imaging.  B&W film is exposed, processed, scanned and calibrated specifically for digital editing and printing.  Traditional values and photographic processes combine with state-of-the-art digital techniques to produce exquisite B&W images of a quality that is almost unimaginable in a digital only workflow.  Single and multi-shot digital captures are compared with film captures of the same subject, while pictorial design concepts such as Static and Dynamic Unity help quantify the significant aesthetic differences between them, including the unique spatial qualities of film capture.  Topics covered include:

Film Exposure
•  Reflected versus incident metering
•  Pre-visualisation and calibrating spot meters
•  The Zone System in theory and practice
•  B&W film spectral sensitivity
•  Working with contrast filters
•  Reciprocity failure and bellows/lens extension

Film Processing
•  Speed/Grain/Acutance/Tonal Scale trade-offs
•  Non staining fine grain developer formula for scanning
•  Film development calibrations for scanning
•  What is Normal – density and colorimetric controls
•  Temperature control and processing consistency
•  Processing equipment, film handling, and H&S considerations

Film Scanning
•  Drum scanning versus CCD scanning
•  Scanning film with a digital camera
•  Determining a scanner’s true optical resolution
•  XY stitching – manual and automated systems
•  Wet versus dry mounting
•  Carrier sheets and custom film holders

•  Sharpening film scans
•  Proper Proof Scanning
•  Parametric calibrations: N-3 to N+3 Exposure & Development
•  Dissolving film grain and reducing high acutance artefacts
•  Automated dust removal and spotting
•  Analysing and cataloguing the advantages of a film based workflow

The workshop is conducted through a series of experiments, darkroom demonstrations, calibrations and practical applications.  B&W Film is selected, exposed, processed and scanned during the workshop, and the results are evaluated against a detailed analysis of high-end film scanning requirements and critical aesthetic criteria.  Roll film and sheet film processing is covered, as well as small, medium and large format film cameras.  The aim is to include the advantages of film based capture within an efficient digital workflow to achieve the highest quality B&W images – without compromise.  Detailed course notes and calibration guides are provided.

Workshop Cost: $330 including GST per person
BookingsEmail or phone 0438 590 093
Venue: Les Walkling’s Studio, Heidelberg, VIC.
Workshop Duration: Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm