Rob Webster Posted September 18, 2019 Share Posted September 18, 2019 Hi Everyone, I have a project coming up that requires a very specific look. We are trying to create a monochrome (not necessarily B&W) look that replicates a photographic large format silver gelatin print, akin to the photography of Sally Mann. I've had a couple of ideas on how to get close to this but was wondering if anyone had any tips! Shooting 16mm or Digital is an option, but of course we are on a budget. Shooting on 16mm film probably seems counterintuitive given the reference images are all large format, but the director loves the gate weave and dancing grain of film, along with all of the artifacts that film provides- i feel this part of the aesthetic is essential. I was considering shooting 16mm Tri-X B&W, and then scanning on a Scannity 4k to get the max sharpness. In terms of optics I am going to test some old Darlot portrait lenses, as well as some other adapted cooke and zeiss lenses from Keslow, as well as Super Baltars. I feel the optics are key here to get that slight soft vignette, almost a portrait lens look that you get from Large format. I feel if we compose carefully in the middle of the frame and shoot wide open we may be able to replicate that out of focus vignette. Few factors at play here, any advice much appreciated! 1- Format- Film or Digital? 2- If film, do we shoot B&W or Colour and desat? 3- Lenses- Regardless of format, older, softer lenses are key here to replicate the large format look. 4- If film, are there considerations to be made with the kind of scan we get? The other unspoken option of course, is shoot digital and make the look in post but we won't talk about that untill its the only option! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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