Develop Films by Yourself


I finally decided to try and develop my film rolls by myself. I did this since I wanted to try and cross-process my films easily. Find out how I did it!

Although I had to grope in the dark and experiment a bit, I succeeded and developed my films somehow!

Tools needed:

  • Naniwa color kit N
  • liquid thermometer 
  • clips
  • sponge
  • stirrer
  • LPL developing tank, reel

Step 1
Prepare the the color developing liquid and the bleach fixing solution and place it in a container.

Step 2
Take the film roll that you want to develop and place it in the developing tank reel. Take note that you need to do this in a darkroom. When you have closed the top of the tank, you can already work in a lighted area.

Step 3
You have to keep the color development liquid at 32℃. Pour the liquid into the tank and use the stirrer to mix the solution. Stir the solution slowly and knock the bottom of the tank once in a while to get rid off the air bubbles. Do this for about 5 minutes. Afterwards, pour out the development liquid back in its container.

Step 4
Pour the bleach fixing solution into the container. Do the same procedure as you did with the previous step but this time, do it for 6 minutes. Afterwards, pour out the bleach fixing solution back to its container.

Step 5
You can now remove the film roll from the reel. Gently take the roll and wash it under running water. Wipe it down softly with a sponge and use the clips to hang it up to dry.

Here are the photos that came out:

written by img on 2011-11-27 in #gear #tipster #development #film-processing #processing #developing #top-tipster-techniques #tipster #photos
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  1. anird
    anird ·

    Beautiful results! Which camera and film was used for this?

  2. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Good results. Especially for your first attempt. I've been doing a lot of my own developing recently. Color developing is much easier than many people made me think. I've also been doing black and white. Everyone should try.

  3. 86john
    86john ·

    this is great. but where can i buy the equipment?

  4. nea
    nea ·

    yes, i was wondering..where to buy the equipment?can i look for it at any photography shop?

  5. tasha_dylan
    tasha_dylan ·

    amazing results! Can you explain a bit more about the dark room - does the tank stay open while I am doing all of the pouring - so I need to do the pouring in the dark? thanks!

  6. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    I just tried colour developing for the first time 2 days ago and it worked much better than I had expected (I've been doing B&W fo months now, so I had all the equippment at hand). I just wanted to add one thing: you don't necessarily need a darkroom. I have one, bwcause I also print, but most people don't have access to one, so you can either get a changing bag on ebay (which I did and I still use it even though I have a darkroom now) and some even use a sleeping bag (although I can't tell how good this works). :)

  7. freelancer
    freelancer ·

    Perfect! Seems to be easier than I´ve thought. Have to try it out. But I´ve stil got a question: How do you keep the developer temperature constantly at 32°C???
    @tasha_dylan: Once the film is in the tank, you can do everything under light. The tank is light-tight and you can pour the liquids in&out. It´s like a light-tight jar!

  8. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    @Freelancer Most colour developing kits require a higher temperature of 38°C and a developing time of 3:15, some allow you to do it at lower temps, but you need to extend the developing time as is the case here. The normal way to keep the temperature stable is to use a large tub of water at the right temp to stop it dropping too quickly, and then either add a few splashes of hot water as you go, or use a small water heater that keeps it very stable. Personally I really value my water heater.

  9. worried_shoes
    worried_shoes ·

    NIce tipster,
    I also develop colour myself, in my 2 square-meter bathroom. It is much easier than I initially expected. Out of about 40 rolls, I only managed to mess up 1 or 2. When researching before starting to attempt C-41 development myself, so many people (especially old men on professional photography forums) told me it is not even worth trying. And when I finally tried I was like, what the hell, I can´t believe its so easy. I do get a lot of dust on the film negatives though, which I guess could be annoying if the purpose is not for lomography.

    I use the Tetenal C-41 kit, where temperatures should be 38 degrees C for the shorter developing time, and first pre heat the chemicals in a small litter bin, then I keep the tank in a water bath while developing. It is quite important to try to keep the chemicals on a steady temperature, but in my opinion less important than people normally say.

  10. nikosonthenet
    nikosonthenet ·

    Great tip!... I was afraid it was too difficult to do this my own! Maybe i should try! Can you tell us about how much did the equipement cost you?... Also, do you know what it would be great to do???.... I video tutorial! It would be very helpful!!.... Thanks for the tips again!

  11. camielioo
    camielioo ·

    Yeah a Video tutorial that would be golden!

  12. tasha_dylan
    tasha_dylan ·

    @freelancer thank you for explaining! :)

  13. freelancer
    freelancer ·

    @simonh82: thank you!

  14. bluedust_05
    bluedust_05 ·

    This is great! I'm just curious about how to properly dispose of the chemicals you use?

  15. img
    img ·

    @anird:Thank you comment ! Camera is Lomo LC-A film is lomography X slide 200 !

  16. img
    img ·

    @gvelasco:Thank you comment ! Since the long-awaited attempt to challenge !

  17. img
    img ·

    @86john:Thank you comment ! This developKIT is Japanese products found in the online shop.I hope if there is a similar product.

  18. img
    img ·

    @nea:Thank you comment ! I do not know any other way sorry .

  19. img
    img ·

    @tasha_dylan:Thank you comment ! The tank has a doorway for a liquid able to film in low light work.but do not put in the tank when the film is not as dark.This work is in the dark, groping must be filed.

  20. img
    img ·

    @laurasulilly:Thank you comment ! I 'm not a translator,English is not good for.sorry and thanks for the advice on behalf.

  21. img
    img ·

    @freelancer and @simonh82 Thanks for the advice. May know, I'm not good at English. Sorry for so late reply.

  22. img
    img ·

    @worried_shoes:Thank you advice ! I still immature and must be experimentally !

  23. img
    img ·

    @nikosonthenet:Thank you comment !
    The cost depends on where shop and how....
    "Naniwa color KIT N" is 2500YEN(about 32$)
    "LPL Tank and Reel" is 4000YEN(about 51$)
    I think a low price because the other skips.
    In my case almost bought online auction.
    so may not be very helpful.sorry...

  24. img
    img ·

    @camielioo:I will check the video tutorials.Thank you!

  25. img
    img ·

    @bluedust_05 Thank you comment !
    mixed Liquid has been expiration of only one week.
    becouse need to be processed together many film.
    about.. 7or 8films.

  26. jessye-g
    jessye-g ·

    woww! want to try it out so bad

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