B&W Film Photography Created by: Adelaide Schwartz & ryan suggs

All semester we have worked with film. Learning how to manipulate and expose the light for the perfect photo.

There are countless ways to take a photo. You can create many different effects that can make your photo original and amazing.


Your shutter speed can greatly affect your photo. If your shutter speed is fast, it will capture the motion. If your shutter speed is slow it will blur the action.

Slow Shutter Speed
fast shutter speed (around 250 or higher)

There are a lot of other cool ways to manipulate a photo.


Three point lighting is used when photographing inside against a backdrop. It can be used in modeling shoots and other photography events indoors to enhance the models.

Before cameras people would create their own ways to make photographs.

Pinhole Camera:

The pinhole camera is made with any kind of box, black construction paper, a pin, tape and creativity. This is a photo that was taken with a digital camera from inside the pinhole camera.

Pinhole cameras aren't the only way to get creative while taking a photo!


For a photogram you place objects on top of a piece of photo paper and expose it under the enlarger light for 12 seconds.

Most people who take photos are trying to tell a story through their art.


A great way to express yourself in art is by telling a story through your photos.

When you take a photo your lens changes sizes depending on your settings.


When you change the aperture the focus changes as well.

Shallow depth of field
deep depth of field

After taking all these wonderful photos on a film camera it is time to develop them.

B&W Film Processing:

Here is Esha kindly explaining to us how to put your film into the developing can. This whole process is done in complete darkness because any light that is exposed to the film once it is out of the canister will be destroyed.

When you develop a reel of negatives you go through a process with some chemicals. The chemicals are named, D-76 (which is the developer), Stop Bath, Fixer (can't go down the sink), and PhotoFlo. You have to make sure you do everything for the right about of time so you don't mess up your negatives.

Once you finish you cut the negatives nicely and put them into a slip. With this slip you can create a contact sheet.

Contact sheets:

Dark Room Processing:

When you are in the dark room processing your photos it is basically the same as when you develop your negatives. First you enlarge your photo and expose it so the blacks are black and the whites are white. Then you use the chemicals to develop your photo.

First it goes in the D-76 for 90 sec.
Then in the stop bath for 30 sec.
After you put it in the fixer for 3 min.
Then you place it in the wash bath for 5 min.

After all the chemicals are done, you have to squeegee the water off the photo.

After you squeegee the photo you put it in the dryer.

Dry Mounting:

This process is basically tacking a photo to a board. Basically creating a frame for the photo.

Taking photos on a black and white camera is a wonderful experience that I wish everyone could experience. It is an amazing art form that i hope stays around for a long long time.

Thank you for watching and listening!


by adelaide schwartz model is ryan suggs

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