DIY Redscaling- My 1st Attempt

Credits: 110isnotdead

After reading the article about DIY redscaling by @sibux I decided to give it a try. What’s the worst that could happen, right? So I got an old expired roll of Kodak Gold 400 (exp. 2009) and took an old film cartridge from the lab and went to work. I taped the rolls together and wound them under the covers of my bed in my pitch-dark bedroom.

Credits: 110isnotdead

The next opportunity that presented itself, I took and loaded the film into my Minolta X-370 and went off to take the test roll. I wanted to see the reported deep blood-reds that redscale gives you when you expose it normally so I kept my camera set at 400iso. Might have been a mistake but I was going for proof of concept, not perfection.

Credits: 110isnotdead

And perfection was nowhere to be found on these. I got them back from the lab (my local Rite Aid) and I noticed tons of noise in the photos but I chalked that up at least somewhat to the bad scanner and the darkness of the shots. I think there was also an issue with the earlier ones due to some errant light getting in or the fact that my grubby mitts got on the film too. lol (see above)

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I think next time I am going to try it at either one or two stops lower (200 or 100iso) and see if that gives me anything better. I kinda want to iron out some of the bugs before I step up to my new LOMO 50-200 Redscale. That, I will be using for my upcoming Arizona trip and I can’t wait.

So stay tuned, I’ll probably be revisiting this adventure soon.
See ya and Happy Snappin’
Tim Pawlak

ps- here is a link to the rest of the album- Redscale Album

written by 110isnotdead on 2012-10-24


  1. raylemon
    raylemon ·

    hey i actually like the photos man. Although very grainy, it has character! rock on

  2. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @raylemon Thanks, ya know the more I look at them, the more I like em. lol also, thanks for the likes :))

  3. raylemon
    raylemon ·

    @110isnotdead haha you're welcome

  4. megaman49
    megaman49 ·

    red scale is interesting, you knock about two stops off the films default speed rating (ISO 200 becomes ISO 50), but if you overexpose you just start to bring more of the natural color back in.

  5. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @megaman49 yeah, I have heard that. I think that's what I am gonna do next time. Especially since using 400 speed film, I can dial it down 2 stops and still be running 100 and catch most stuff. anyways, thanks alot for the tip :))

  6. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    I too like your texturized pictures! These look like painted over canvass!

  7. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @rbruce63 Gee, thanks :)