Cross Processing Simplified
Cross processing is a film development technique where the film is intentionally processed in a chemical bath intended for a different type of film stock. This leads to unexpected and often striking color shifts and tonal changes in the resulting images.
For example, a slide film (positive) could be processed as if it were a negative film, or vice versa, resulting in increased saturation, contrast, and unusual color shifts. The exact effects of cross processing depend on various factors such as the type of film used, the chemicals used for processing, and the processing conditions. Cross processing was originally used as a mistake in the darkroom, but has since become a popular creative technique for photographers looking for a unique, unpredictable look in their images. It can add a distinctive, edgy aesthetic to photographs and has been used in various forms of photography, from fine art to commercial and fashion photography.
It's important to note that cross processing can be a hit-or-miss technique, and the final results can be difficult to control. However, for those willing to experiment and embrace the unpredictable nature of cross processing, it can lead to some truly unique and creative results.
Making it a technique that requires careful consideration and experimentation to learn more check out Film Lab 135 and don't forget to check out Cassette Film Holders with sizes up to 8x10
photos courtesy of Amy Elizabeth