Ilford PanF Plus 50 ASA Film

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Kat shot by Keith Moss on Ilford PanF Plus 50 ASA film.

My quest to shoot film continues, I am slipping back and putting my feet under the table like I have never been away.

Over the last two weeks I have been working with two of the models from the Ultimate Doll competition, the winner Kristi and one of the favourites Kat. Both are very different in their look as I’m sure you will agree when you see the images. The one thing they do have in common however, is beautiful skin which is essential when shooting film as you can’t retouch bad skin when you are printing in the darkroom.

My film of choice has been Ilford PanF Plus 50 ASA, this is a beautiful film for fashion or Hollywood meets the 60s sort of look which is what I am after. PanF is very rich and velvety in tone with lush blacks and bright whites, essential for my style of photography. I always over expose by at least one stop to give me porcelain skin, the film is so flexible that even though I over expose it still gives me rich blacks especially when I print using grade 3 to 4 on my De Vere 203 with an Ilford 500 multigrade head.

Good makeup is a given. I’m proud to say we are blessed in having Lisa Devanny as our makeup artist, she is so precise in her work and she really understands my style and how I shoot film. By now I’m sure you are all aware even when we are shooting digitally we don’t retouch.

So as we go through the process with film, right up to producing the final print in the darkroom, we will give you little sneak peeks of what’s going on… The first installment is the video at the bottom of this blog, it’s been shot on an iphone so excuse the quality….

I would like to leave you with one final thought… If you are a social photographer, could using film and supplying your customer with silver gelatin or C-Type prints differentiate you from your competitors?…

Would you like to give film a try? then take a look at my film and darkroom weekend course..

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