The Ilford FP4+ is a classic medium speed monochrome film with a nominal ISO speed of 125. It is very sharp and produces images that blow your mind!
Make no mistake. Ilford FP4+ is a professional film. Much-praised Ilford quality assures awesome images, even when heavily expired. Although this film is thankfully still in production, I have only shot expired rolls of it that I came upon by chance, being an AGFA man myself. However, the quality of FP4+ really amazed me, even after years of expiry. Its high acutance makes sure that your medium format negatives will look awesome even if heavily enlarged. And even when shot expired!
As a medium speed film with a nominal ISO of 125, it is best shot in good light. It can be pushed, but not very well, so better to use HP5+ if you are planning to shoot in low light. But FP4+ rewards you with a huge dynamic range and beautiful tonality. Its wide exposure latitude means that it is very forgiving, although I found that it compresses highlights better than it keeps shadow detail, therefore, I recommend stand development when you have not been able to calculate your exposure accurately and need the shadows.
I develop it – like all my black and white work — in Rodinal. In Rodinal stand development it produces fine grain and very balanced negatives. I seriously recommend this film when you need high quality, high resolution from a sharp film and really awesome monochrome negatives.
Unrivalled when it comes to high quality B&W photography, the Ilford FP4 Plus is a great choice for enlargements with its fine grain, high acutance and exceptional sharpness. Check it out with the rest of our black and white film selection.
When it comes to Marilyn Monroe and "The Seven Year Itch," the first image that comes to mind is the actress' famous skirt scene. Well, here's another way to look at the iconic actress in this classic comedy film!
The New Lomography Petzval Lens is, without a doubt, a striking innovation that has impressed analogue and digital shooters alike. The Petzval works seamlessly with both platforms, producing exceptional and oftentimes dreamy, bokeh-rich images. There are, however, photographers who prefer to shoot analogue and are oblivious to the lure of digital imagery. Here are a few photographers who have chosen film as their go-to medium, and and the Petzval as their ally.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
The New Petzval Lens is a stunning reinvention of one of the first and greatest lenses of all time. It produces images with extreme sharpness, artful vignetting and absolutely beautiful swirly bokeh backgrounds. Click through to see 30 breathtaking black and white photos after the jump!
When doing a film swap with a fellow film photography enthusiast, it is always important to show off your best side while letting it blend with your partner's photography style. Today's Awesome Album shows exactly this and more!
“51 Fragments of a Wandering Mind” is the first ever feature-length film shot with the LomoKino. Created by filmmaker and street photographer Dustin M Rosemark, it is an experimental documentary film that documents, in a photojournalistic manner, a six-month existential journey in 13 countries. In this exclusive interview, Rosemark shares insight about the film, and talks about his LomoKino experience.
This is my experience with the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 (120), my first medium format film. It's an adventure that started when I got a Lubitel 2, to finally shoot with it. In this article, you'll find detailed information about color schemes, the advantages of shooting in medium format, and the differences between standard redscale films. Here are the results of a day of shooting outside, which I recently got back from the lab.
Lomographers know that once you start collecting cameras, it's difficult to stop yourself. It has a very logical explanation: every camera produces unique images that are impossible to get using another camera. In this article, I decided to compare three cameras with wide-angle lenses.
The LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 is a color negative film that uses false colors and gives your images an infrared effect. In fact, the greens turn to purple and yellows turn to pink. See how it fares on a photowalk after the jump.
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.
Did you ever think about the myth that we actually dream in Black & White? No colors, maybe no truth behind it anyways. But we know for a fact that you can create the most dreamy photographs with an analogue camera. And for that you need the right film. Scroll down and find out which B&W film is the film of your dreams!