First roll of B+W film!

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  1. Synergy

    Synergy TPF Noob!

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    Wahey! I’ve just bought my first roll of black and white film, Tmax 100.

    Any suggestions on what I should try shooting? I told the person in Jessops I wanted to try B+W portraits. He then suggested the film but i might try other stuff like landscapes.

    Any thoughts?

    Synergy
     
  2. Bob_McBob

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    What kind of film did you end up with?

    Edit: I'm an idiot ;)
     
  3. Sash[DSL]

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    I havent had that much experience with bw but from what ive done I learned one thing: THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO SHOOT WITH BW IS LANDSCAPES. It will usually look very boring as the biggest advantage of BW film is the hight contrast of values that simplifies the picture and draws more attention to the subject. In landscapes you would often hardly have a well defined and obvious subject, or it might be far away=>small and dull looking. What is good to shoot with black and white? High contrast gardens/flowers, outdoor portraits, architectural shots.
     
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    Ansel Adams is rolling in his grave :p
     
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    I would think you could shoot anything you want with B&W.......but the more colorful something is....the better it will look in B&W.
     
  6. Artemis

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    I was in your shoes along time ago.

    Few things of advice, think alot about your subject.
    Another thing is, try purchasing a Red filter if your going to do it alot, and i agree, landscapes wont look good, poetic and portrait pics are the best.

    Good luck with it, let me know how it turns out.
     
  7. MDowdey

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    i disagree, its the photographer, not the film that determines interesting subject matter.


    md
     
  8. Artemis

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    hehe I see what you mean mate, and Ill refrase to say, thats what happens for me, althought im not a good photographer.

    You got a good point the MD, thanks for raising it.
     
  9. MDowdey

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    thanks artemis!

    md
     
  10. jadin

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    I think you'll notice shapes and lighting a lot more with black and white. Since these are much more apparent than in color photog. Have fun.
     
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    Synergy, shoot what ever you like with the B&W and find what works for you!
    Artimes mentioned getting a red filter. Red will give you a lot of contrast. You may want to experiment with a couple of different colors and see what strikes your fancy. Orange is a little less drastic and may do the job.
     
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    Just have some fun, try a variety of subjects. If you're a good photographer the film won't change that :) I love black and white, and use it almost exclusively for children's portraits. I don't think there's any subject that doesn't work well in black and white, in fact, I think it usually brings out the emotion of the photo more and can make every day object look amazing. I hope you will share your results with us!
     

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