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How to get really grainy pictures

Posted March 21, 2008 in Technique

Here are some tips for getting more/larger grain in your pictures: Push ISO3200 film as far as it’ll go in your developer. As a rule, pushing increases grain. Use a high-actuance developer like Rodinal and… Agitate the hell out of it. Shoot as small a frame size as possible (the smaller the negative, the greater [...]

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Tin-foil-lined Holga

Posted October 11, 2007 in Camera Hacking & DIY + Technique

Ever wonder what happens when you line a Holga with aluminum foil? Me too! I crinkled the crap out of it to hopefully get lots of light bouncing around in different directions, and lined the camera, shiny side out. The irregular vignette is because I wasn’t very careful about leaving the edges of the light [...]

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Fomapan 100 film in Diafine developer reference

Posted December 2, 2006 in Technique

Luke Healey has posted another Diafine EI test (see his previous test of Tri-X), this time of Fomapan 100. Check it out in his photostream at Flickr (larger version available there). If you’re not familiar with Diafine developer, it’s got several magical properties: it’s a split-bath compensating developer, so it’s difficult to get blocked shadows [...]

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High speed Tri-X in Diafine reference, ISO 2000-6400

Posted May 23, 2006 in Extra Geeky

Flickr member Luke H tested Kodak Tri-X 400 film (400TX) in Diafine developer at high speed. He shot the frames above at ISOs 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, and 6400 with a yellow filter. Check it out in Luke’s photostream at Flickr If you’re not familiar with Diafine developer, it’s got several magical properties: it’s [...]

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