Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Processing the print in the chemical bath, part of Analog Photography: Shooting & Processing Black-and-White Film.
…We have our two test prints here and it's time for…you to witness the magic of the chemical process for the first time.…We're going to quickly thrust them into the developer.…The reason for the quick thrust into the developing solution is that you want to…completely immerse the surface as rapidly as possible.…The development time is very short, so…we want even development over the entire surface.…We run these in here with agitation.…Notice I'm just rocking the pan gently back and forth.…And you can see the image start to emerge on the surface of the paper.…
This never fails to excite me.…It's just, no matter how many times I do the process,…that moment where the image starts to appear is so special.…Now with 50 seconds passed, what I'm going to do is grab both of these and…lift them by one corner, and holding them still, I'm going to let them drain for…ten full seconds.…If you shake them it actually slows down the draining process and…you run the risk of scattering chemistry around your dark room.…Now remember I'm returning those tones to the tray they started in.…
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