Test Strips

What Is a Test Strip?

Shooting film is not cheap. Unlike digital photography, where the costs are all up front, the expense associated with film photography are continuous. Film, cdeveloping chemistry, print paper, more developing chemistry — it all adds up, and the larger the negative, the more expensive it becomes. The test strip is probably the most effective way to minumize costs by speeding up the process.  Cuttting a sheet of print paper into strips, and exposing one strip at a time on the proper part of the image — the part with the most tonal density — across a range of possible exposure values allows the photographer to gauge the overall exposure without using up an entire sheet of paper. The image below is an example.

I am constantly experimenting with various techniques and methods, and trying to create my own equipment to implement these techniques, or to prove a point.Click a link below to go to that section and see what’s transpired.

The 120 Project

When 120 film was introduced in 1903, I wonder if Kodak ever expeected that it would be the longest lived film format in history, and that hundreds if not thousands of cameras would be manufactured to use it.