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Fearless Photographer: Film in the Digital Era by Ingrid Nelson, Salvatore Joseph Prezioso

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7 Pushing Film

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Film is organic in nature; it’s composed of chemicals and is developed with more chemicals. Because it’s chemically based, you can play with it and modify a given film’s structure during development to squeeze more image quality or contrast for a given exposure. When you push a film, it sits longer in the developer than it would normally.

In layman’s terms, this means that you can rate many films beyond their given box speed to get the desired exposure or look you want. If you have 400 speed film and need to shoot at 1600, you can rate the film in the camera at 1600 and then have your lab push the film two stops to increase the ...

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