Quick Film Review: OSPL Redscale V1

  • Posted on: 23 January 2015
  • By: gordon

OSPL Redscale Film Version 1

I got my hands on a on a roll of OSPL Redscale V1 film from the amazing people at Old School Photo and thought it would be fun to test for .

For those of you just joining us, redscale film is film that has been flipped and exposed backwards so that the red layer is exposed first. The resulting images are unique in a way that is difficult to duplicate in photoshop.


The redscale-ocity of the image is controlled by adjusting the ISO. OSPL Redscale V1 is based on an IS0 400 Kodak film which I recommend shooting at ISO 100.



OSPL V1 Redscale film at 100. I like the overall redness without it being too strong or not red enough.


This is also OSPL V1 Redscale film shot at 100 but because of the brightness of the water it is underexposed. I don't like underexposed redscale photos so I should have compensated for the brightness of the water.

Not Red Enough


Don't overexpose your film too much or you won't get enough redness in your photos.

Redscale Subjects

Your subject is as important as your exposure settings if you want to have the maximum amount of redscale awesome per role.

ISO 50

This is adjacent to one of the largest and deepest granite quarries in the world. Note how the snow has a red tint to it but the sky is still blue. I find that redscale film really turns blah winter scenes into strange and wondrous landscapes. I am very lucky I didn't fall into the quarry.


I'm a huge fan of using redscale film to photograph buildings or other objects with strong geometry. There is something about it that just works better than b/w or color.



You will love using OSPL Redscale V1 film if you are careful about your subjects and your exposure settings. In particular, if you live in a depressing cold area like I do, you redscale film may make winter a little more bearable.