Considering I have been around photography all of my life, it’s actually a little strange that I have never developed my own film. As a kid I would often help my father, but it was usually just to pass him something he needed. These days there is little excuse to not at least give it a try. So that’s what I have decided to do.
I will document the process fully in a series of up and coming videos. But I thought it might be useful to outline my thinking here. That way, if you’re thinking about trying it yourself, you can follow along.
Firstly I need some equipment. I have had a good look around at various videos and posts. Whilst I don’t think that every bit of equipment people mention is essential, it seems to me that buying stuff as a starter kit might work out cheaper. I already have a light-proof bag which I used for re-rolling 120 film so that’s one thing ticked off. I have decided to purchase the bulk of the rest as a starter kit.
It will be the same for chemicals I think. It may not be cost effective in the long term. But as a first try, I think a kit that is pre-measured for two rolls of film seems ideal.
The last think I’m going to purchase is the app created by Massive Dev Chart. It looks like it will be a lifesaver when it comes to timings etc.
I’ve begun filming so be sure to subscribe to my channel to find out how I get on. Wish me luck!