RedScale is the new Black&White: For a guy who doesn’t like 35mm, I give it a 2 thumbs up!
First off, I’m not the biggest fan of 35mm film. I don’t like the picture quality, I’m not a fan of the lack of manipulation you have with 35mm film, and I just think 120 prevails in every way possible. But I did want to try out my father’s old AE-1 so I thought it would be time for me to give it another try. I also shot the whole roll with an fisheye lens I was intrigued by this film because I had just read some things about RedScale photography and really liked the colours. So reading nothing more about the film I purchased some with no knowledge on whether to under/overexpose the picture and no idea what the outcome would be, I was ready for a surprise. So with expecting a complete surprise, I took some shots underexposed, some exposed correctly and some overexposed.
One thing that the photo lab that I went to had trouble with was that the film was flipped upside-down. This is what creates the red/orange effect. So be sure to mention them about how the film was used and it is supposed to be upside-down and that the film may need to be flipped if they use a machine to process it. I don’t think this should matter if you develop this yourself but I don’t do my own colour developing so I couldn’t tell you if that affected it or not.
Anyway, I got them developed and was surprised with the results (ironically, as I expected). I found that if you overexpose the photos, you get just a slight yellow tone which I find very fitting in some of the photos. The over exposed ones often look very vintage or antique. If you underexpose it, which I didn’t do on too many, got a very strong orange/yellow tint. I found this to look very nice on pictures that include silhouettes. And if you under expose it way too much, you get an orange tone and the blacks turn out to be a strange, sort of grainy blue tone.
Overall, I love how this film has a good quirkiness but can maintain good versatility. I recommend that everybody gives this one a try!