February 3rd, 2009


yesterday was my photography lab class and I DEVELOPED MY FIRST ROLL OF FILM!!!!!!!!!! eeeeeeeee!!! It was so nerve-racking. Deb walked us through the process but since the whole process takes about an hour from unloading your film to the last drying, only 6 of us stayed behind. That was nice since there are only four sinks! I was able to go in the first batch of students which meant I got out at the perfect time for Matt to pick me up on his way home from dropping off Codi. Like I said, perfect!

Here's the process:

Take the shot film after it has be rewound and is in the canister.

Pick out the right size film can, reel, and light-safe lid.


(this part you have to do all by feel. Deb gave us practice rolls and we had to do it with out eyes closed) With the lights completely off, use the can opener to open the lid of the canister. Take out the film and cut off the feeder. Pick up the reel and turn it so the horns are facing the right. Slightly bow the film without creasing it and insert it into the middle slot. Hook the sockets on the prongs and begin to turn the reel counter-clockwise. Every so often tug on the film to make sure it is reeling correctly. At the end of the roll, cut off the excess.

When finished, place the reel in the can and put on the lid. Make sure the lid is secure.

At this point you can turn on the darkroom light. Discard all materials and clean the work station. Turn off the light and return to the wash room.

In the wash room, gather the four beakers and thermometer. Go to the appropriate sink.

Check the chart for the developing time for your film. (I use Fujii Neopan 400= 9 1/2- thankfully i have one of the shortest developing times. most other student's films are 12-12 1/2 min)

Pour the chemicals. Developer into beaker #1 (8 oz for 1 reel is standard across the board). Stop into beaker #2. Fix into beaker #3. Hypo-clear into beaker #4. DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS.

Warm water to as close as 68o as possible. This is the temp at which the film will need to be developed.

Once the optimal temp has been reached, pop off the cap (different from the lid. the lid has a small cap on top that allows you to pour liquid in at angle whereas light cannot bend and therefore cannot enter the can) and pour in the developer.

For the first 30 seconds, agitate (or move the can the can from one hand to the other, rotate every other hand) the can. Then agitate for 5 seconds every 30 seconds for the remainder of the developing time.

Pour out the developer. DO NOT SAVE THE SOLUTION.

Pour in the stop bath and agitate for 1 min continuously (i THINK) then pour out stop into beaker. SAVE SOLUTION.

Pour in the fix and follow the same process from the developer, agitating for 5 seconds every 30 seconds for 10 minutes. Pour fix into beaker. SAVE SOLUTION.

Rinse by filling the can with water and pouring it out. Repeat 5-6 times.

Pour in hypo-clear and agitate for 2 min continuously (i THINK) then pour out stop into beaker. SAVE SOLUTION.

Remove lid from can (the film is light-safe at this point) and place under 68o running water for 15 minutes.

Once the rinsing is complete, pour in enough photo-flo (from the big tank) to fill the can and swish around for 2 minutes (I THINK) then pour out. DO NOT SAVE SOLUTION.

Remove reel from can and dry by either 1) place entire reel in electric dryer (reminds you of a hair dryer) or 2) removing the film from the reel and hanging it in the tall heating cabinet). Either way, dry for 15 minutes.

One the film is dry, unwind it (if used the dryer method) and place on the light board for cutting. Cut every 5th or 6th picture, depending on the size of the negative sheet (mine is a perfect 6-row for 36 images, everyone else is 5-row).

Place the negatives in the sheet and review with a magnifier.


So. Yeah. That's what I did last night. As you can tell, I'm a little fuzzy on the tail end of the process, but that's because I didn't bring the cheat sheet home with me, so I think that's pretty good for all from memory.

They have a digital scanner at school, so hopefully once I learn how to print on Wednesday I'll be able to scan these bad boys into the computer and show them to ya'll.

Well.. take care and see ya'll sometime, if the volcano doesn't kill us first!


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