TIps on Shooting Expired Film: Taking Note of Expiry Dates

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Here's a short brief of how I expose all of my expired film, and the exposure times and ISO I used. This tipster also tells about how different expiration dates influence the speed of the film.

Photographers around the world have always been using expired film to get saturated pictures and other effects according to the expiration date of the film. What we can consider as expired film are those that are a couple of years older than its expiry date.

A film that has a couple of months passed its expiry date, will not provide different results than an non-expired film.

Usually, I overexpose by one stop and edit in Photoshop or select some options of color correction before scanning, in order to get results similar as a cross-processed film. Here are some results applying this method.

There’s a rule that states that a film loses one stop of its speed after a decade of expiry. So, if you’re lucky to own a film with 10-20 years of expiry, apply this rule. At each 10 years underexpose by one stop. If it’s ISO 400, after 10 years will be ISO 200.

written by pvalyk on 2012-03-30 in #gear #tipster #lomography #expiry-date #120 #format #iso #film #expired #medium #expose #35mm #shoot #tipster

4 Comments

  1. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    Hi @pvalyk! If your film is ASA400 and you set your camera's ASA setting to 200 that is over exposing :)
    But I think you should actually overexposed one stop per decade.
    The last paragraph says: "At each 10 years underexpose by one stop. If it’s ISO 400, after 10 years will be ISO 200." I think it's just a typo error :)

  2. pvalyk
    pvalyk ·

    @icuresick you're wright, it is an error but not from me. I wrote the correct way, which is: After 10 years of expiration, the film loses it's speed by one stop and it should be overexposed not underexposed.

  3. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Great tips on expired dates! And your photos are great, too. I just wish they weren't Photoshopped to get a "cross processed" look.

  4. pvalyk
    pvalyk ·

    @dearjme no, the photos are not "photoshopped". The photos are made with a roll of Agfa Vista 200 expired 5 or 7 years ago..

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