It as past when we use to have black and while films, picture and movies as well. now, we have all digital and advanced options of imaging, pictures and videos. You do not have to wait for a reel completion, then its development and to see your pictures. Now, you take pictures, change filters, adjusts hue, saturation or contrast and you are done.
No matter how much we have advanced in the field of filmmaking, pictures and printing. The black and white is still on. It is vintage with its own importance that attracts many people till today. Now, it is more of an adventure for the people sometimes. there are still some professionals who have passion for reel cameras and they spend time in developing reels in color and black and white as well.
For the young, it seems an experiment or a hobby to develop reels in black and white. It eventually helps to know history and some techniques about camera, light and imagery. Unfortunately, the digital screens are not able to let us understand the native science behind the image building. Developing black and white film is not difficult. All you need is to start up with some basic notes and then you are good to go.
Buy the film
To develop the film you need to buy a film first. it is obvious that you cannot develop something that is not even in your hand. Picking up the Kodiak films is the best choice as it comes in quality and gives you the best support as well. buying film is not that only thing you should focus. Make sure to pick up the black and white film only. The film does not have color pigmentation that does not capture the colors in film and you will only get the black and white image.
Fill up the film
At store, there is no used film for you to buy. That means you need to fill up the film yourself. In this manner, feed in the film to your reel camera that should be in a good shape. You can have a little photo walk on street, in house, at any monument or any public place as well. it is about filling up the reel with some quality pictures. Remember, you need to have more than one reel with you. it is your first time, and there is no exception of doing it well in the first try. There should be a backup available always.
The third and most important thing you need to focus on is the tools. For the film development, you need to have a number of basic tools. Let us list them out first so you will not miss out any of these.
- Developing tank
- Dark bag
- Chemical bottles
- Can opener
- Stop bath
- Photo flo
- Distilled water
- Ensure safety measures
Developing black and white films involves chemicals and darkness. You cannot develop films in open wide light. it will just destroy all your pictures on reel. When it is a tricky job to do, then you need to be careful with the arrangements and take all safety measures.
Getting start with developing film
Once you have all the necessary equipment, then you need to move forward for the real action. Make sure to follow every step so you will not miss out any things.
Create a black out space
To load the film into developing tank, it is necessary to have a dark room. You cannot let the film to expose to light in any case. It will destroy the film and you will not be able to develop the pictures out of it. either you can use the black bag that will completely isolate the film and developer. If you are no sure about it, then you need to seal a room and eliminate all possible light incoming spots from there. A room without window will be the best option for the purpose.
Loading the film
Here comes the trickiest part of the whole procedure. You need to be careful with the loading or transfer of the film to developing box. Make sure to keep everything around you, open the tank suing can opener, and place the film in its designated section. If you are using the developing box for two films at a time, but have one film to develop then leave the other section empty.
Once you have load the film, now it is time to mix the chemicals that are going to do the real magic. Make sure to keep the temperature in control and follow the instructions given on the package. Using distilled water can save you from getting lumps of the powder and end up with issues.
Ready your chemicals with their best composition, now you need to pour the chemical into tank. Make sure to tap the tank’s bottom on counter for a few times after pouring the chemicals. It will eliminate any bubbles from the tank and fives you more crisp images with high contrast.
Rinsing the film
After fixing the film with chemicals, now you need to wash the negatives. The procedure is simple, you do not have to pick up the distilled water. Place the tank under running tap water and let it rinse for about five minutes. You can fill and empty the tank multiple times to make it work better and have proper rinsing.
Hang negatives to dry
The final step you need to work on is the drying the negatives. Using the special film clips or clothespins, you will be able to make these negatives hang and dry. After drying, you will be able to see the clear picture of what you got. It is necessary to manage the hanging of negatives in a clean and protected environment. Any dust, air particles, insects or even careless human touch to wet negatives can cause damage.