When it comes to black and white film, there are unlimited options. I’m not a B&W fan, and even I have 5 Pancro 400, Fomapan 400 and 200, Rollei RPX 25 and Superpan 200, Kentmere 400, AGFA APX 400, Ilford FP4 plus 125, Lomo Lady Grey 400, Lomo Earl Grey 100 … I have no idea where I got all these films! In 8 month, I only used b&w film three times. Unbelievable! That kinda makes me unqualified to write about them, but, here we are.
When it comes to choosing, you should be looking at contrast level. Is it sharp black and white or grayish? Or how about grains? Do you like them or not?
And some infos about shooting B&W films..
- Developing B&W film in a lab usually costs a bit more than C-41 colour. However, it’s easy to develop B&W film yourself at home.
- It doesn’t really matter if it’s an overcast day when shooting B&W. Clouds are white, so is your film.
- It’s possible to use different colour filters (like those in Simple Use! You can also make your own filters by cutting colored transparent paper) to change the tones of the photo. Using filters darken the sky and make clouds look more defined.
- And of course, my favorite!! B&W film takes great portraits. AMAZING. I actually prefer it for portraits. It gives more importance to the subject -model-. No distractions by outside colors.
And some examples by different films
Lomography Lady Grey 400 by aleyna (me 🙂 )
AGFA APX 100 by julea
Fomapan 400 by bkspicture
Rollei RPX 25 by djmusician
Bergger Pancro 400 by vicuna