I've been shooting black and white film more and more recently. Here are some of things I've learnt since shooting in black and white.
1. Black and white photography is cheap. Black and white (B&W) film is cheaper than colour. You can often find it reduced in price.
2. Developing B&W film in a lab usually costs a bit more than C-41 colour. However, it’s easy to develop B&W film yourself at home. The cost for developing a roll yourself works out at about £1 (USD 1.50 / EUR 1.20) a roll.
3. If you decide to develop your own B&W film you can keep the developing fluid after use and reclaim the silver which is left over from the developing process. You’ll have to do lots of developing to get any significant quantities of silver, though!
4. Developing your own B&W film requires the following equipment: changing bag, bottle opening, scissors, developing tank and reel, developing fluid, stop bath, fixer, water.
5. It doesn’t really matter if it’s an overcast day when shooting B&W. Clouds are white, so is your film.
6. Printing B&W film is also pretty easy. It’s a great feeling being in charge of the whole photographic process from shooting and developing through to printing.
7. It’s possible to use different colour filters (yellow, orange, and red) to change the tones of the photo. Using filters darken the sky and make clouds look more defined.
8. Because B&W film is cheaper to buy and develop it’s a lot more affordable to try new techniques and experiment.
9. B&W film takes great portraits.
10. Black and White film rocks!