Maybe you do not have a higher ISO film stock on hand or maybe you want to try something new and take a more creative approach to your photography. Pushing your film can allow you to do those things and depending on what film stock you do it with, the results can be interesting.

Pushing film is something that is technically done while processing by extending the developer times but requires the correct ISO or exposure compensation to be selected in camera as well. For example, I was shooting with Vision3 50D and wanted to push it three stops. To do so I needed to rate my camera at 400 ISO, making it three stops underexposed.

It is typically best to push film stocks with a large dynamic range. In my case, I used Kodak Vision3 50D which has an exceptional dynamic range and was made to be pushed and pulled. Kodak's entire Vision3 line up is more than capable of handling pushing and pulling. Normally, individuals would only push 1 or 2 stops but I wanted to go a little bit further by pushing 50D three stops to see what kind of results it would yield. 

Pushing film usually yields specific results. Things like more defined grain and what comes off as increased contrast. However, this contrast is the result of under exposed shadows and decreased tonality. Interestingly enough, even after being pushed 3 stops, 50D still had a great tonal range and fair detail in both highlights and shadows. There also was hardly any noticeable grain increase, mainly because Vision3 50D is already one of the finest grain films available.

Overall, pushing film can yield some great results as long as it is within the film's limits. It can also  save you when there might not be enough light. If you have any questions or need any ECN-2 film pushed or pulled, be sure to email Indisposable.


Mitchell Jackson