Protecting your highlights

Lessons from the masters

Few days ago I watched a video on YouTube by Sean Tucker. In that video he talks about many aspects of life and photography but the general theme is protecting the highlights and letting the shadows fall where they may.

The video got me thinking about my photography and I wanted to take a look at some photographers from the past whose work (in my opinion) represents both sides of the argument.

Ilford HP5 film – Darkroom recipes

HP5 PLUS 35mm

HP5 PLUS Black and white film

About the film

Ilford’s HP5 Plus black and white film is a beginner friendly film. It has a large latitude and can be easily pushed and pulled up to 3200.

The high speed film has medium contrast and quite some fine grain. It is very sharp and when pushed it handles the highlights really amazingly as you can see bellow.

To learn more specifics and technicl data about the film you can visit Ilford’s webpage.

#1 Why every photographer should try shooting film

Introduction to film photography

Firstly I’d like to welcome you to this new weekly series of posts which will hopefully serve as a comprehensive introduction to film photography. In this series I want to talk about different aspects of film photography such as different sizes and types of film, different camera types available and their purposes, developing your first images and a lot more. But first I’d like to explain why I think every photographer (especially those who are new to photography) should try shooting film.

Life can be a bit tricky sometimes


The last few weeks passed by in an instant. I had countless projects to finish and to top that exams were closing in. I often felt like I didn’t have enough time to finish all the things I wished to do. I was however able to use those feelings and portray them in this shortfilm which was also one of the projects for my class.

During those weeks I had another most important job to do – find an internship. (As a part of our curriculum we have a mandatory four months long internship in the next semester.)