Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the chemistry in the big darkroom, part of Shooting and Processing Black-and-White Film.
…We're here in the darkroom facility of the Oklahoma Arts Institute in the scenic…Quartz Mountains of Oklahoma.…What you see here is an amazing teaching darkroom.…This is far more sophisticated and…complicated than anything you'd ever want to set up at home.…We're equipped with 18 matching enlarging stations.…Featuring these 23CIII Beseler enlargers.…Capable of handling film up to a format of 6x9 centimeters.…You can see down the row, they are in individual bays to…protect light spill from going to one, from one station to the next.…
And the sink we're going to be working in is a massive T-shaped sink that…is a single unit of welded polypropylene.…It's chemically inert.…It doesn't interact with any of the processing chemicals.…It's got a wonderful downdraft ventilation system that…pulls the air through the room over the sink and down.…So it is constantly pulling away the odors, and so…on from the chemical process, which is a really wonderful feature.…Needless to say,…if you start at home this is not the starting place you might want to target.…
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