If you’re in for more experiments and wanting to do something with your rolls of film a bit differently other than baking it, cutting it into pieces and even fermenting it; how about cross processing? I know, this is much common now in Lomography next to cheddar cheese, but there is a scientific way of doing it! And all you need to know about it is here, courtesy of our Tipster of the week!
Guide to cross processing negative film – a recap by eggzakly
The biggest challenge when cross processing negative (c41) film in e6 is low contrast. Cross processing slide film increases the contrast, whereas cross processing negative film lowers the contrast. But no worries – all we need is a bit of applied film theory!
Here are the quick and easy steps to success:
1. Underexpose rather than overexpose. Negative film can be finicky and very light sensitive when cross processed, and overexposure lowers contrast.
2. Have the lab push the film 2-3 steps to increase the contrast.
3. Try out lots of different films. You get very different results from film to film, some turn out prettier than others, some are more sensitive to light, some are lower contrast than others and need to be pushed more.
4. Have fun & enjoy your amazing results!
New to Lomography and want to learn about Cross processing? Check out our guide dedicated to x-pro photography at http://crossprocessing.info/