35mm Infrared Film - FPP BW IR (1 Roll)
1 Roll / Polyester base / 35mm / 200 iso / 24 exp / Process: BW
Exclusive to The Film Photography Project!
Discover the joy of shooting black and white infrared film (a.k.a. "BW IR")!
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE BEFORE PURCHASING THIS SPECIAL FILM. WE ONLY RECOMMEND PROCESSING THIS FILM "BW" BY THE DARKROOM. (Most labs will claim they can handle IR film but in fact can not .)
Please note: This film is not Kodak HIE and will not give you HIE results. Also, your results will depend on the amount of IR light in the air when you shoot. Your results will vary.
Above: Image shot by Trevor Lee on FPP BW Infrared Film!
IMPORTANT TIPS for success shooting FPP BW IR:
- 1. Keep the film in the all black plastic can before and after exposure.
- 2. Load and unload your camera in total darkness.
- 3. If you have a film ID window on the backdoor of your camera cover it with electrical tape.
- 4. Do not use cameras with IR film transport sensors.
- 5. Use a 25A red and a polarizer ( or 87IR filter )for the most dramatic results. (Film is sensitivity on the range of wavelengths 700 - 850 nm)
- 6 The sun is your friend, the more you have the more IR you will see.
- 7. Use the recommended ISO of 200
- 8. Set your f/stop to f/16 and adjust the shutter speed for the correct exposure, remember to meter through your filter(s).
- 9. If the light is to low to use f16 then you will have to shift your lens focus to the IR mark on the lens. See examples.
- 10. Kodak Xtol is a great developer for this film, others will be just as good.
- A starting time for Xtol stock, 8 minutes, 68 degrees.
We recommended shooting at f/16 on your lens, this f/stop has enough depth of field that IR focus correction (shift) is usually not required. If you can not use f16 you can use the focus aids on your lens to adjust for IR film. Most lenses have these little red marks.
The Prime lens image shows the focus shifted. Eye focused distance was 5 feet, shift the 5 mark to above the red R marked indicator. The focus is now shifted for IR film.
The Zoom lens show the focus shifted for the corresponding zoom strength. The zoom strength is close to 50mm and the original eye focus distance of 10 feet has been shifted to over the red 50. The 85mm, 70mm, 35mm and 28mm are also all marked with their IR shifts. Zoom first, focus, then shift focus to the corresponding indicator. (Note: If you are shooting at f16 you can focus normal and not worry about IR shift focusing.
Good luck shooting and as always...have fun!