Expired film doesn't have to be unpredictable and problematic. Whilst some might prefer this, it is entirely possible to preserve out of date film to be as good as new.
Undeveloped film will change over time as a gradual chemical reaction occurs. Because of this most film is sold with a best before date (process before). If you were to buy one of these expired rolls of film off the shelf in a shop you could probably expect to see a loss in contrast and colour or a variety of unexpected results.
Regardless of the process before date there are some conditions that will actually speed up the chemical reaction in the film leading to a quicker of more severe expiration. High temperatures and humidity are the two biggest concerns.
Alternatively the opposite conditions can actually help preserve your film extending its life far beyond the process by date. Try the following:
Dry storage – keeping the film moisture free will help prolong the life of the film as the chemical reaction is minimised.
Low temperature – keeping the film in a fridge will slow the chemical reaction and means your expired film will five excellent images for years beyond the process by date.
Freezing – freezing takes the low temperature storage to another level and will extend the life of your film potentially for decades. Better still it can be thawed and re-frozen with no ill effects.
It’s worth mentioning that nothing lasts forever though. Even when frozen, background radiation will eventually fog the film. Deterioration may occur within ten years for example so as a rule of thumb even frozen film is best used within ten years of the expiration date.
Of course the downside to preserving film beyond its quoted expiration date is that it will always perform like new. If in fact you like to experiment with expired film and the unexpected results on offer then steer clear of the fridge-freezer.
Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
A lot of lomographers have experienced using and even writing about the greatness of the Lomography Earl Grey black and white 35mm ISO 100 film. However, no one has written about using an expired Earl Grey film yet. How does it fare when it is used expired? Read on to find out more.
About three weeks ago, we shared with you the fascinating discovery of some of Andy Warhol's digital artworks created with an Amiga computer and saved on floppy disks. Now, through this short documentary, we get to find out how the entire project came to be as well as see bits of the recovery process itself.
The entire Kodak Elitechrome series belong to my favorite films. From the EB, to the EBX, ED, and EL; they all have great features once you know how to use them well. The EL with its 400 ISO hardly gets any attention, which is also because of the fact that it is more uncommon. But that is about to change with this. Here's some e-love.
We are always hunting for creative ideas on how to open up new shooting possibilities and it doesn’t get any better than when we discover something simple which works like a charm right away. Recently, the idea was raised that perhaps the Diana+ Splitzer would be compatible with the Lomo’Instant – Lo and behold, it is!
The New Petzval Art Lens is the perfect portrait lens. But have you ever wondered how it performs in difficult situations with low light and unpredictable movements, such as a concert? Viennese rockstar photographer Matthias Hombauer proves that such a challenge can be surpassed with exceptional results. In Linz, Austria he met the American rock band Portugal. The Man and shot excellent black and white photos! Check out the gallery below and let Matthias teach you how to work with the lens during concerts.
Warmer weather is approaching, and it calls for having a good time. Bassment New York City and Lomography team up in presenting Greg Beato (of L.I.E.S. and Apron Records) at the Cameo Gallery this coming Saturday. Join the fun and grab the chance to get some awesome giveaways!
A weekend without a lomowalk seems bad, at least for me. One Saturday morning, I decided to join my friends in their lomowalk. It was all cloudy at first but it didn't stop me from going out and walking. I brought my new Nikon FM2 and some expired rolls, just to test my camera. Was it just me being sleepy, or was my Nikon FM2 acting up? My photos turned out grainy, pale, and, in my opinion, looking so 1990s?
Summer is full of color so using black and white film might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet the summer sun works out beautifully on black and white film. Like to give it a try? I've come across the best light at the train station during rush hour!