Photography buddy of mine Jack Chauvel is a bit of a film freak. Over the short period of time that i’ve known him he seems to be always on the lookout for another film camera. Anyway if you don’t follow his blog he’s put together this guide to developing your own B&W film. He even wrote this little intro for this post 🙂
This B&W Film Development Guide is written by a film novice, for film novices. It looks at not just the actual development of the film, but aspects behind the process as well as some things that arent well documented elsewhere. I wrote this guide after beginning B&W film development myself with the help of a friend online. I had no previous experience, just a father who had done it 20 years ago to watch me as I went. Each time I messaged my friend online, or discussed the process with my father I just felt lost. Why was I mixing this? What does that chemical do? Temperatures?! Times?! Argh! I decided that after I had a few more development sessions under my belt that I would put a guide together on my blog to help others take the step, with a simple step by step approach. My goal was to (ambitiously) release the 5 part series over 5 days in one week.. it was a grueling effort in the end but I have very happy with the result and feedback. I know of numerous photographers that have now started to develop their own film just by using the guide, and I am pretty chuffed. There has been a lot of questions, and in turn I have learnt more about the processes I wrote about in explaining them in further detail to others.
I am just about to embark on writing ‘The Guide to c41 Film Development’ however most likely constructing the whole guide to post in one go. I’ll then tackle e6 slide, some more technical aspects of development and setting up a darkroom. I am also open for requests, so if there is anything anyone would like a guide about in more detail I am all ears. I have to thank the ongoing support of the people who mentor me, and the encouragement of those who read my guides. If it helps just anyone make that step into film, then my job is done.