If you want to inject some ‘color’ to your black and white photos or simply to turn a really dull photo into something more interesting, try this idea.
I made a mistake when scanning a roll of black and white film recently. Instead of setting the scanner to the black and white mode, I left it at the color mode. I didn’t realize this until I’ve scanned half the roll. I was actually wondering why some of the photos had tints of magenta and light brown/orange casts.
I thought I processed the black and white film wrongly, like developing it for too long a period, or this was one of the unexpected side effects of shooting a 10 year old roll of Ilford Delta Professional 400 film.
When I discovered my mistake, I rescanned the entire roll at the right setting. It was then I found out how some of my boring black and white photos looked better when scanned ‘wrongly’. So I decided to scan it in color.
Intrigued, I searched the Lomo photo library and found some fellow Lomographers who also scanned their black and white photos in color. The results were fantastic. So, if you want more from your black and white film, do try scanning it in color. While not all photos will turn out ‘better,’ some photos will surprise you.
Yes, I’ve been naughty. I cheated. I had to use technology to save some of my otherwise dull photos. Haven’t you?