Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Mixing the chemistry to develop film, part of Analog Photography: Shooting & Processing Black-and-White Film.
…When you buy your chemicals, they are not ready to use right out of the bottle.…These are all concentrates that are too strong to properly process the film.…It's important that you understand from the very beginning,…there are two very specific types of solutions that we'll discuss.…The first is a stock solution.…The stock solution is as these are a prepared solution that is ready for…dilution to become a working solution.…The working solution is the solution that will actually come in…contact with the film or the paper.…
These actually come as stock solutions and only have to be diluted once.…The same is with, true of the fixture right here.…The hypo clearing agent on the other hand comes as a powder and you use…that powder to create a stock solution and once you've created the stock solution,…your next step from that stock solution will be to create a working solution.…So we're going to start off by creating a stock solution from this powdered fixture.…Step one, and the instructions are right here.…The nice thing about all these products is they come with good instructions,…
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