Since Christmas I’ve been collecting the necessary items to start developing film at home. Well, the last thing I needed [fixer] came in the other day, and since then I’ve done three rolls… one Kodak Tri-X 400, one Kentmere 400 & one Ilford HP5+ pushed to 800.
Although I was rather nervous to develop my first roll since high-school, with a little help from my better half, it was a breeze… and the second roll went even smoother.
Now, I’m not going to go into the whole process of how it’s done because there are already so many great step by step instructions on other photographers’ blogs. So, I’ll just point you to some of my favourites:
- Fecal Face Dot Com has a great set of step by step instructions, which are pretty entertaining.
- Cromogenic.net also has a nice, to the point writeup of the process.
- Shawn Hoke did a wonderful three-part set of instructions, which is defiantly worth the read.
- I’m saving the best for last here… Ilford has published a fantastic, in depth and very thorough set of instructions which you can download as a .pdf.
What’s been your experience processing film at home? Got any good tips or tricks? Leave me a comment and check out the gallery below.