Analogue and digital photography: Quality

selfie by charles baudelarie

note: I have to update the translation, this comes straight from bing translator, please be patient, no don’t go mad, there’s plenty to read on the internet!

Photography, like all techniques, has undergone countless innovations and changes over the years.

Usually, when it comes to innovation, we talk about advantages from the point of view of usability and quality.

With photography, the most obvious evolutionary advantages of the last 70-80 years have certainly been in terms of ergonomics, portability and ease of sharing of the visual material produced.

Caffenol : black and white developer with home ingredients

moka bialetti

As a kid I played with a chemistry set (made for kids : In Italy it was a popoular game called "Il Piccolo chimico") When I read that it was possible to develop films and black and white papers with homemade ingredients, I had to try it. You will need: soluble coffee, caustic soda (not bicarbonate, but sodium carbonate), ascorbic acid (perhaps lemon juice would work equally), water.

Caffenol : like biscuits dipped into the coffee

binari caffenol

he results did not leave me fully satisfied in terms of quality. Photos developed, probably improperly, were extremely dense, and only decent for scanning.

Also, surely, because they are C41 rolls (color, expired) processed in a black and white chemistry (homecrafted).

With a bew black and white film, like foma , used in the medium-format "squared" examples, the results have drastically improved.

But the stench remains, and causes domestic conflicts.

These experiments  have anyway some charm, and it was definitely fun.

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