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    Photographing in Safelight

    Hi Folks

    I'm new around here so firstly hello.

    I would like to make some colour photographs in the darkroom under red safelight conditions. I basically want to emulate this (which i shot digital) -



    Can anyone recomend a good film for this purpose. And perhaps if you have any technical advice that might help, that would also be great.

    Thanks and best

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    Read up on using a red filter with b&w film under daylight lighting. It will tell you that the automatic meter exposure setting will likely underexpose by 2 or 3 stops due to the non usual spectral distribution of the red safelight filter.
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    Mark Wilde: That's for B&W not colour.

    The red sensitive layer on a colour film is red only sensitive and it's speed wont change, the blue and green portions of the image will drop out - which is what he wants.

    fasterthanlight: Use the same exposure for digital whatever you're getting off that. That'll tell you the ISO speed film you need too for reasonable shutter speed.

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    Great thanks for the tips so far....

    So should any colour film be useable??

    FTL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athiril View Post
    Mark Wilde: That's for B&W not colour.

    The red sensitive layer on a colour film is red only sensitive and it's speed wont change, the blue and green portions of the image will drop out - which is what he wants.

    fasterthanlight: Use the same exposure for digital whatever you're getting off that. That'll tell you the ISO speed film you need too for reasonable shutter speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fasterthanlight View Post
    Great thanks for the tips so far....

    So should any colour film be useable??

    FTL


    Yeah they should all come back looking red.

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    Super. Many thanks.

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    I think that Mark is trying to say that the METER in your camera might not respond to the red light the way you think it will. The film will be okay, provided it is properly exposed, but if the meter reads wrong because it is expecting full-spectrum light you won't get properly exposed film.

    Neither do I think he's saying this WILL happen. He's just saying that it COULD happen and that you'll need to be ready for it if it does.

    It's good to do your homework. You seem to be doing all the right things. Non-standard meter response in unusual lighting conditions is one of the things you'll have to watch out for. That's all.

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    Thanks, Randy. I thought everyone out there was 'drinkin the KoolAid' until you chimed in to support me.
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    How is metering red light going to be any different to metering red light through a red filter?

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