[tig] b+w stock question
Sun Apr 18 02:51:09 BST 2004
I totally agree black and white stock has a completely different grain
structure than color stock. It is still possible to mimic the panchromatic
grey scale and gammas using color stock.
The grain itself is a personal choice. I've had clients who were happy
and some unhappy with the b&w grain and contrast. I'm not sure that stock
selection should play a major role in editing and composition, but it will
certainly influence the look. Mono from color stock can easily look smooth
and silky, but to me b&w neg has always graphic and edgy. Great if you're
going for that look, but in some instances having a wide contrast ratio and
relative smoothness of image might be preferable.
In any case, most DPs know what they are doing and what to expect from
a given stock. I for one am totally happy to transfer any piece of film I
can get, and will work to my best ability to help achieve the look the DP
envisions. But I think there are advantages and disadvantages to b&w neg
and mono from color neg, and what's best will always depend upon the tastes
of the client.
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