Do More with That Roll of Redscale


In which our hero divulges confidential trade secrets or, tips and tricks to try with your next roll of redscale film.

Credits: rrohe

New to redscale photography? Experienced with redscale and want to try and do it differently? Well, read on for a few tips that will help you get the most out of your next redscale endeavor.

Let there be light! Did you know that by varying the amount of light to expose, the final image could change drastically? With just enough light to expose you’ll end up with a very monochrome red/orange/yellow/gold image. But, if you push that light you’ll end up with very different results. Typically, the end result will be an almost normally colored image with hints of orange.

Credits: rrohe

Try a different film speed. Most redscale rolls are 400 iso flipped to be shot at 200 for the monochrome red look. But, if you apply this logic to other speeds you can vary the look even more. 800 can be a bit more grainy and noisy while 160 is a much finer grained final image. Take a look at the photos below.

roll of 400 (1), roll of 800 (2), roll of 160 (3)

Variety is the spice of life. Just like cross-processed slide film, I’ve found that different brands (and even models within a brand) of film will yield different results when shooting redscale. Note the color differences in the next few pictures.

Kodak Portra 160NC, my personal favorite (1), Fuji Superia 400 (2), Kodak 400 (3)

Finally, try double exposing that roll of redscale. Here’s some shots I did w/ the La Sardina.

Credits: rrohe

Hope that was helpful. Feel free to post your own shots in the comments. I’d love to see how you redscale!

written by rrohe on 2012-02-17 #gear #tutorials #film #diy #light #redscale #tipster #iso #sardina


  1. gborin
    gborin ·

    in my latest album i used a blue 80B filter…
    the result came out great but i don't know exactly how the filter changed the colors

  2. rrohe
    rrohe ·

    thanks for all the likes :)

    @gborin I did something similar w/ a green gel filter and my diana mini:…
    i, too, am unsure what makes the magic happen. i assume it has something to do with the colored filter affecting the like colored emulsion through the orange backer on the film... or it's just magic.

  3. antoniodezner
    antoniodezner ·

    @gborin i suppose that the blue filter made the yellows of your photos to go brighter... gives them more saturation... since yellow and blue are complementary colors, i think that is what happened.... Like when you use a yellow filter when shooting the sky in bw to get a better contrast.

  4. glenn
    glenn ·


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