Are film development techniques fair game or are they off-topic here. For instance, how should this question be treated?

Although film development is a key part of film photography, these questions will only appeal to a very small minority of the users here. Does that make the questions too local?


SO's mission is to provide "the long tail answers". This is the long tail of photography. I'd vote for on-topic.


Selenium toning of negatives is even in the long tail of film photography, but I'd still call it on-topic in the sense that Karel mentions. I'd add that such questions are pretty easy to avoid using 'ignored' tags (like I ignore 'hdr').

In the vast majority of situations, there is no appreciable distinction between digital and film photography - it's just photography. Many people shoot film and digital, and lots of digital users may get interested in film for any number of reasons.

That said, I know a lot of film users wouldn't bother with a community that was a priori hostile to film content (and I've said so elsewhere on here). It would be silly to put up such a barrier to their participation.

  • I thought I would put in a word for the 'digital getting interested in film' party. I am currently a digital user, and I probably will be for another year or so. However, I am very interested in large-format film, and I welcome all the knowledge that is added to this site in the form of these "long tail" questions about film development techniques. Gives me wikifacts for when I go wikidiving. ;P – jrista Jul 29 '10 at 1:59
  • Sounds good to me, it's nice to see support for obscure stuff, I just wanted to make sure that we thought about how we handle strange stuff like this. – chills42 Jul 29 '10 at 19:12
  • @jrista - I was once interested in large format too. So I tried my grandfather's 6x9 Moscow 5 and the experience was interesting enough to keep me shooting film. But what I decided was that I need to first learn the emulsions and the cheapest way to learn was to buy an EF film Canon, which takes all the lenses I already have. I'm quite happy with that decision and I don't feel somehow format-limited right now, although I intend to try a true view camera at some point. – Karel Aug 7 '10 at 20:52
  • @Karel: Thanks for the advice! Good point about being able to use my existing lenses on a Canon EF film body. I'll have to look into that, as it would be a cheap way to break into film and film development. – jrista Aug 7 '10 at 21:00

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