Agfa Scala- Should I be exposing +1 stop

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by davebecker, Mar 19, 2003.

  1. I like this film for specific projects (people,weather) but
    regardless of which camera body I use, it appears dull with poor
    contrast; a bit underexposed. Once I scan on my Nikon scanner and
    make some basic contrast adjustments in Photoshop, it looks great. Do
    most of you who shoot Scala expose it at its rated 200 speed?
  2. I have only shot Scala a few times. But my impression that was that low-key and slightly underexposed looked great, high-key and overexposed looked washed out.
  3. I shoot Scala at its rated 200 speed, but with careful metering. In my experience, Scala looks rather dull with low-contrast light, such as outside on an overcast day. On the other hand it can render high-contrast subject beautifully. You need to remember two things with Scala: First, obviously, it's a black-and-white film, therefore you must be conscious of the tones while ignoring the colours of things. (This is difficult for me as I mostly shoot in colour.) Second, remember that it is a slide film, and as such it does not tolerate overexposure well. I found that it's best to spot-meter the brightest part of your subject and set it as Zone 6, that is, open up 1 stop from the meter reading. With a contrasty scene this will result in pretty bright, but not overexposed, highlights while the shadows will go dark for a nice "artistic" look. Spot-metering is key here; shooting with +1 compensation using a center-weighted or matrix pattern will often result in overexposure. It would be a good idea to bracket your exposure with a couple of scenes to decide what speed rating works best for you.
  4. I've only been using it for about 1 year, and enjoy its results. However, have wasted alot of film by over/under exposing - seems like B&W slide film by its very nature shows up bad exposures. Best results have been metering off grey scale card, or using spot meter & exposing for highlights while practicing contrast control for the shadows.
  5. Dave.

    Here is one of my very first Scala shots (film rated at 200):

    If it wasn't so bloody expensive, I'd be shooting half my B&W with it.

  6. I use Scala time to time and noticed that film doesn't change contrast much when pushed/pulled. On the other hand, once I made few photos under florescent light and got extrimely contrast images.

    Until now I didn't use any but UV filter with Scala. Few days ago I've bought orange and yellow-green filter and made few test shots. I should see results within a week.
  7. You have more contrast when you expose at 400 asa, I htink it's the better choice for pictorial applications. 100 exposing is desirable for reproduction prints.
    Look my portfolio (nudes), I often use Scala.

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