Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Chemically processing the film in a kitchen, part of Analog Photography: Shooting & Processing Black-and-White Film.
…Now that we've got the film loaded onto the spool and in the light-safe canister,…we're ready to start the chemical process that will turn the latent image trapped in…the silver halide crystals into black metallic silver,…giving us a negative we can use to either scan or…make an enlargement in a traditional photographic process.…We've drawn water, nine ounces of water, at a temperature of 75 degrees.…And to that, we're going to add one ounce of the developer.…The developer, unlike the other chemicals we used, is a one shot chemical.…
You use this solution once and discard it.…And then typically when I do this, once I've finished with the chemical,…I'll set it to the side and that helps me keep track of what I'm doing.…I'm going to give this a quick stir to make sure that the stock solution we…just added to make a working solution is well blended.…I'm going to rinse that thermometer off.…And then it's important to remember a couple of things about…the development process.…The level of dilution of the developer affects the time and…
Upon returning home, Konrad processes the film, explaining the chemicals involved and sharing insights for getting reliable results. He also describes the negative-scanning process. Finally, to whet your appetite for the other facets of film-based photography, he demonstrates the process of making a silver-gelatin enlargement and offers up some tips on building your own darkroom.
- Exploring film formats, lenses, and cameras
- Loading films
- Shooting black-and-white film
- Working with colored filters and film
- Chemically processing film
- Scanning and storing film
- Enlarging film in a makeshift darkroom