Topic: Film Photography

Latent Image

What Does Latent Image Mean When Talking About Photography? When talking about photography the term ‘latent image’ refers to the invisible image created on a photographic film when the film is exposed to light. The image only becomes visible to the naked eye once the photographic film has been removed from the camera and chemically developed. The latent image is formed by silver atoms clustered on the surface of, or within the silver halide crystals which are in turn coated on the surface of the photographic film. The term latent image has no direct meaning when talking about digital...

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Sepia

What Does Sepia Mean When Talking About Photography? The term Sepia, when used in the context of photography refers to a monochrome image rendered in brown tones rather than the greyscale tones used in a traditional black and white image. Sepia images were originally produced by adding a pigment to a positive print while exposing an image captured on film. Sepia gets it’s name from the Sepia cuttlefish, Ink from the fish was used to create the brown dye used to alter the tone of Sepia images. In digital photography an image can be transformed into a Sepia image...

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Sheet Film

What Is Sheet Film and What Is It Used for in Photography? In photography ‘sheet film’ refers to a medium or large format of film, mainly used in view cameras and supplied in individual sheets rather than the rolls typically used for 35mm format film. Sheet film was originally devised as an alternative to glass plates and each individual piece is manufactured from polyester or acetate film. The most commonly used sheet film format is 4 x 5 inches, but larger sizes are also still available for those still using large format view cameras. An exposure is captured on...

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Yellow Filter

What Is a Yellow Filter and What Does It do in Photography? A Yellow filter absorbs all coloured light except yellow. It is the most-popular colored filter used with black and white film. Because a yellow filter absorbs blue, it provides significantly greater contrast between blue and yellow or white subjects. The classic example of the use of a yellow filter is when shooting black and white scenes which include portions of a cloud filled sky. Use of a yellow filter in this situation significantly darkens the blue portions of the sky, whilst allowing the clouds to remain bright...

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