Black and white film development workshop
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The easiest process within the world of darkroom processing is the task of developing black and white film. Mostly science with a touch of art (and a dash of luck), there’s nothing more exciting than developing your own roll of film.
What to expect on the day
- A class of up to three people only, of any skill level (from absolute beginners to those refreshing their memory);
- lights are on all of the time! No darkroom darkness required. You’ll use a dark bag to load your film into a light-tight canister;
- a relaxed, fun atmosphere where making mistakes is expected (I still ruin the odd roll of film from time to time);
- all chemicals, equipment, film sleeves will be provided; and access to a computer and scanner to scan your favourite shots from your roll;
- a sense of pride at having used science to create art.
What you will need
Just one thing, a finished roll of black and white 35mm film (24 or 36 exposures). You can buy black and white 35mm film locally from the Open Eye Gallery or Wilkinsons Cameras in Liverpool, or buy it online here. If you’re really desperate, email me and I can sell a small amount from my own collection.
Schedule for the day
- Greetings, house rules, and the basics of developing film
- Calculating your chemicals
- Loading your film
- Develop your film
- Break for refreshments (whilst your film dries)
- Assessing, storing your film and scanning (due to the length of time it takes to scan film, we’ll limit access to the scanner to 5 scans per person on the day. If time allows, you can scan more.)
*Attendees must be over 16 years of age.