What exactly is “pushing” film, and when do you do it? If this is the first time you’ve heard of this technique, you should check out this helpful short clip by Chicago-based street photographer Chuck Jines!
I’m sure most of us have already heard of the technique of “pushing” film numerous times now, but what exactly is it? As someone who’s just beginning to learn the ropes of film photography, I simply assumed from the term itself that this simply means underexposing the film a stop or two. But as I’ve learned now, I was only half right because “pushing” doesn’t stop there. As explained by street photographer *Chuck Jines*, who runs the GritStreet Photography channel on YouTube, the actual pushing happens in the darkroom, where the developing time is extended to make up for underexposing the film. Jines, armed with his Nikon F2 loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO, explains pushing film and the reason you should do it in the context of street photography, but I think his tips are applicable in other situations as well!
All information in this article were sourced from GritStreet Photography on YouTube.