Alicia Watkinson

Instant Film Fun!

I've been shooting Fuji FP-100C instant film on my friend Alicia's Mamiya RZ67 a lot recently and recently discovered a really cool process. I first read about it in Film is not Dead a book by Jonathan Canlas. In the book he describes how you can take the back of the peel-away instant film, and by a process of bleaching reveal the actual plastic negative. I started doing some research on this and came across this blog post by Joey Early detailing the steps. The only difference in my process is that I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser rather than bleach.

I decided to try it out.

I recently asked to shot some graduation photos for my friend Mistea. We wanted to do something fun and different, so we took some prop glasses into the basement of the university library, where we set up some lights among the stacks and got to shooting.

Being a Sunday, the Missoula photo stores were closed, so I couldn't buy any of the instant film that I so badly wanted to get some shots with. Luckily Alicia had 6 shots left from a pack that was already loaded, and let me take them. After wasting two (one due to a bad sync cord, and the other because I forgot to take the dark slide out) I got 4 nice shots of here on the Mamiya/Fuji instant.

The main problem I had was with the actual color toning of the image after the scan.

This is the test photo from my D300:

This is a quick shot of the positive from the Fuji FP-100C:

This is the negative after stripping the black backing off:

The raw scan, without any toning:

And here is the final, ready for print image:

Here's a BTS shot by Alicia. That's my Alien Bee B800 in a beauty dish with the diffusion sock behind me.

Keep an eye out for some more posts, including the final images from this shoot, as well as an album cover I recently shot/designed for a friend of mine.

Thanks for looking