What is EBS?

EBS is short for Expose Both Sides, which is a technique in analogue photography that involves just that. You first load your film with the emulsion side towards the lens – in other words, start by shooting like you normally do. Once finished, remove and reload the film, but this time with the opposite side, or the base, facing towards the lens. We have a great Tipster that can help you understand more about properly loading the film both ways and creating symmetrical images for this method!

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The base of film, regardless of what film stock you are using, has a redscale-like tint. With the EBS technique, vibrant touches of red and orange will reflect in your photographs, giving them an otherworldly look. Since you’re shooting both sides, you are basically creating double exposures in a different, even more crazy way.

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