Develop your film in your home?

2 years 7 months ago #539383 by neal1977
Any of you developing your own film from your home?   I'm going to be getting back into film and wondering should I try to develop myself or send out?

Thoughts on developing your own film?  

Fun or overrated?  


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2 years 7 months ago #539386 by garyrhook
Personally, I don't ware a whit about film. But every photographer that waxes poetic about it seems to focus on the developing and printing aspect, and how great is (was) to work in a darkroom.

If you're going to do it, do it 100%. I think you'll have no trouble finding equipment and an enlarger on Craig's List. Also, supplies: freestyle.com.


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2 years 7 months ago #539388 by Screamin Scott
Did it for years with B&W. No desire to do it again...

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2 years 7 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #539403 by effron
B&W is an easy set up, but color?...Take my advice and send it out....and I do NOT miss darkroom and lab work one little bit.

Why so serious?
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2 years 7 months ago #539478 by Danny Carson
OMG, unless you have a ton of space, I'd just send it out.  There are plenty of areas of photography you can get up close too.  Developing is not one I would be excited about.  


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2 years 7 months ago #539527 by Carry
My brother develops film in his home and it's a mess.  You might want to leave that for someone else. 


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2 years 7 months ago #539561 by Sawyer
Been there and done that.  No thank you.  It takes up a ton of space, it smells and did I mention it's a PITA?   Enjoy taking the photo and save the rest for someone else.  

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2 years 6 months ago #541028 by Chris Yates
Overrated. Don't put yourself through the trouble.


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2 years 6 months ago #541219 by Vahrenkamp
I'm so happy to leave the film developing days in the past. 


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2 years 6 months ago #541229 by Joves

effron wrote: B&W is an easy set up, but color?...Take my advice and send it out....and I do NOT miss darkroom and lab work one little bit.

:agree:
Yeah color is a total pain. The thing about developing is you really need to stack up rolls. Going through it for one roll is not worth it at all. I would rather stick needles in my eyes than develop again. You can easily take color to Wally-fart for developing. B&W though I do not know about, but I do not think they do it. If you want to do it for the experience then I suggest that you do it, but I imagine it will wear off fairly fast. 


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2 years 6 months ago #541265 by Shadowfixer1
Don't get the recent obsession with film. I will never, ever shoot film again.

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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #541360 by garyrhook

Shadowfixer1 wrote: Don't get the recent obsession with film. I will never, ever shoot film again.


I listen to podcasts where poeple (apparently as old as I am) wax philosophically about the darkroom, and seeing the image emerge on the paper, and how great an experience it is.

Meh.

How that is any different from using a different tool to develop an image is just beyond me. Photography is about the experience of capturing a moment, and about the image. Not paper, not chemicals, not being stuck in a closet.

And the light. Always the light.


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2 years 6 months ago #541377 by Frost Photography
Thankfully no.  I've seen people develop film in their homes and it's a mess.

"The quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera."
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2 years 6 months ago #541392 by icepics
If you don't get it or don't enjoy it then don't do it; let those of us that have an interest in it enjoy it. Geez, what a bunch of rain clouds. I have the T shirt (Darkroom Rat). :lol: I love being in the glow of a safe light... I could stay in there for hours (I don't but I could!).

I know how to develop B&W film but particularly like printing. The developing is timing and agitating and tap-tapping to release air bubbles. Printing is doing test strips to determine exposure time then getting an image focused, running the prints thru the chemistry, etc. I used to use a darkroom at a local university (which since remodeled the building).

You don't have to do just any one thing, you can do a combination of at home and sending out. I used to have B&W film developed and maybe a proof sheet, so I could look thru the negatives on my lightbox at home - did that since time can be limited using a shared darkroom. Some people just develop their B&W film and scan it.

Color film developing wasn't usually done in home darkrooms. I send that out. There are kits now but I don't know what those are like.

You'd need to look into what equipment you need and where you could set up to have enough ventilation and a sink nearby. Try www.filmphotographyproject.com .
Maybe if there's a camera club or community art center or university that has a darkroom see if you can take a look. I found that taking a week long workshop was a great way to learn it. Might be good to try it before you get into setting up a home darkroom. It's not necessarily hard it's a matter of learning what to do. I've seen videos that don't always demonstrate good techniques.

Sharon
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2 years 6 months ago #541400 by effron
Nobody says "don't enjoy it"...I had wet hands for twenty five years and I won't go back. I kept all my filmers, still have my two enlargers, all the accessories, tanks, trays, analyzers, etc, etc (gag :angry: ).....I thought at one time digital might be a fad, not today. I'll NEVER process film again....(no gloomy Gus, HAPPY with digital)

Why so serious?
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