Found yourself unemployed and you still want to shoot black and white film but you can’t find one? This will fix you up. Even if there are no stores carrying b&w film, that’s okay just get some C-41.
Hey everyone! I found myself in a predicament the other day. Here’s how I solved it and I hope this helps someone else too. I recently became unemployed and there’s been a lot of time to wait for the scarce employers around here to call me back.
Meanwhile, I wanted to shoot some black and white through my Lomo but nobody sells film around here but WalMart and they don’t carry black and white.
I have some basic black and white chemicals but most are old but they still work. What I did was I shot a roll of C-41 with my Lomography camera and developed it in b&w chemicals and it worked! I got some images out of the roll… how exciting!
Here are a few tricks I tried and it only got better.
1. Shoot whatever C- 41 film you have at a lower ISO. I used 200 ISO film so I shot at 100 and got perfect images.
2. No matter what ISO I used, I get clear images if I develop for 7 minutes at 20 degrees celsius using a film developer that uses a 1+9 ratio. Then I stop bath it in water and fix it. I left it in the fix for about a minute longer, so that’s roughly about 6 minutes.
3. The negatives will be a little darker than usual C-41 negatives. But so far, my scans look their best as long as I do that in black and white mode.
I feel alive again!