For my latest video, I have attempted to describe and explain what it means to “push” or “pull” your photographic film. In a nutshell, pushing and pulling is a technique of setting your camera to a different film speed than that of the film you’re using. Effectively under or over-exposing it. You might do this because the environment you’re shooting in has too little light. Or perhaps just for artistic reasons etc. Whatever your motivation, the process can be simple if you remember a few basics. Watch my video and be sure to check a much more detailed explanation found here.
The fourth and final part of my first attempt at developing film at home. In this video I load the film in to my developing tank, hoping that I have done it properly. I prepare the chemicals and begin the process. I pace around a lot like an expectant father. Was I successful? Well you’ll have to watch to find out.
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Part three of my first attempt at developing film at home. In this video, I meet up with my friend Connor for a photo walk around Worcester. I hope that I can get at least a few decent shots ready for my developing attempt. Despite miserable weather, we walk along the banks of the Severn not long after the floods. A lot of debris has been left behind, but with any luck, black and white will suit the theme.
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Part two of my first attempt at developing film at home. In this video, the packages I ordered have arrived and I take stock of what I have got. I also have a first go at loading a test film on to a reel and discover its not as easy as it looks.
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Home developing is not something I have previously tried. But like I have said previously, I think it’s time I did. Therefore, in this video I choose some equipment and some chemicals. I order them and discuss my choices. I chose this starter kit from Analogue Wonderland as I think it will contain everything I need, to start with at least. For chemicals I have chosen this Ilford pack from Speed Graphic. Probably not economic in the long run, but to test myself out, ideal I think.
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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.