reciprocity failure


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reciprocity failure

(res-ă-pross -ă-tee) See photographic emulsion.

reciprocity failure

[‚res·ə′präs·əd·ē ‚fāl·yər]
(graphic arts)
A phenomenon wherein the usual combination of light intensity and exposure time (following the reciprocity law) required to produce a specified density in a photographic emulsion changes due to especially long exposure time or low light intensity.
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Because of reciprocity failure during the 15-minute exposure, the higher-speed film can match the scene in only 30 to 60 seconds
Like most astrophotographers, I've become resigned to the fact that color films usually exhibit such pronounced reciprocity failure that doubling the exposure from 20 to 40 minutes renders only marginally more nebulosity.
A good rule of thumb that takes into account the reciprocity failure of modern emulsions is that each decrease of one f/stop allows exposures about three times longer.
Conventional film suffers from reciprocity failure, which is the emulsion's decreasing capacity to record faint light during long exposures.