By Mark Buckley
Just like my last post about my recent Kodak Portra 400 I was also experimenting with pushing my latest roll of Fuji 400H, I absolutely love this film stock. It’s by far my favourite for the tones, colours and depth especially when it’s been pushed up by couple stops as shown below. It has such a nice low contrast, neutral palette which is exactly my style of photography. It also has nice fine grain which suits these images perfectly.
To push Fuji 400H up a few stops I rated it at ASA200 and then either metered for the shadows or metered off a neutral area and added an extra stop, this really pulled a lot of light into the film. In some areas this blew the highly exposed areas such as the sky, but on a light grey Spring skyline you’re not really missing much. On the other hand it gave the shadows great depth and evened out the colour palette.
I’ve always played it quite safe with film in the past and metered it at the box speed, the results have always been nice but never quite the feel I wanted, pushing Fuji 400H and Kodak Portra 400 up a couple of stops and sometimes more has achieved the desired look. Note this isn’t just down the film exposure! Having a great film lab that you can trust and will work with you to get the look you want will also help tremendously! In my case I wouldn’t use anyone other than Christian & Erica at UK Film Lab.