Black and White Portrait Session | T-Max 400 | Dallas Portraits

One of my creative goals for the year was to try out new film stocks and to test out pushing film stocks, so that I could have a better understanding of how different film works in different lighting situations. My first successful attempt (you won’t see any of my attempt at shooting HP5 pushed because there was a light leak and a lot of missed focus) was shooting medium format Kodak T-Max 400.

I really didn’t know what to expect out of this film because I shot this in my bedroom in front of a black velour backdrop, which I’ve never done before, not even on digital. I metered at 800 and planned on pushing it one stop, but when I sent the film in I forgot to tell the lab! So, I was very pleasantly surprised that these came back this way. In hindsight, I think my metering should have been for the light falling on her face, not the light directly in front of me, since there was a lot of side light going on. The bright Dallas sun was pouring into the window and bouncing off the floor and my white bed, so I think that all that sunlight must have made my metering inaccurate.

I had so much fun working with only a model on a simple backdrop and I'm so pleased with how these turned out! I can’t wait to shoot this film again in different lighting to find out how it reacts!