Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding what you need to develop film, part of Shooting and Processing Black-and-White Film.
…So now that you've come back from the field with an exposed roll of film,…it's time to go though the chemical process that will turn those…latent images into actual negatives that you can use to create photographs.…There's a few things involved with the process and…it may seem a little daunting when you first look at it, but I think as you…go through, you'll realize that it's not as huge an expense as you might think.…And also, you get a lot of use out of these products.…The first thing, and, and arguably the most important, you need some way to…hold the film in such a fashion that it will not come in contact with itself while…it's going through the chemical process, which is a series of fluid immersions.…
So, we use a spool that you wind the film onto.…It's a spiral, with the metal parts of the spiral coming between the film,…keeping a level space there for the fluids to flow.…That spiral, loaded with film, will fit within this metal processing tank.…This processing tank,…they come in all sorts of different sizes, this is a one reel tank.…
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