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Chapter 3. Darkroom rTechniques with Pho... >  Film Development Techniques

Film Development Techniques

Some of the most interesting, and, unfortunately, permanent, visual special effects can be achieved by doing abusive things to your film during development, including exposing your latent images to light, boiling the film, overdeveloping it, or plunging it into icy cold water. Back when film was popular, these techniques found their way into many darkroom workers’ repertoire. As you might guess, none of these processes are very forgiving. Developing the film a few seconds too long, exposing it to a bit too much light during processing, raising the temperature of the developer a few degrees too much, or any of a dozen other “errors” can change the results you get dramatically. After you’ve tried out the effects that follow, you’ll wish you had Photoshop’s Undo features available for conventional film processing.

Solarization

Solarization is a process which, like the reticulation technique discussed in the next section, started out as a disastrous error that some photographers soon adopted as a creative technique. Wildly popular as a means of adding a psychedelic look to photos of rock bands in the late 60s, solarization lives on as a creative tool in Photoshop. Adobe’s flagship image editor offers several different ways to create solarization effects, and I’m going to show you all of them. But first, a little refresher for those who may have seen traditional solarization many times, but are a little uncertain on how it is achieved. You may be a little surprised.


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