Some people turn their bathrooms into darkrooms to have the chance to do film developing themselves. Some even sacrifice their clothes and use their walk-in closets as a darkroom. But what if you don't have enough space to have a darkroom in your tiny apartment? Consider the portable darkroom!
Yes, there is such a thing as a portable darkroom! These darkrooms are perfect for people who needs a temporary or semi-permanent darkroom. This way, you get to keep your bathroom bright and your closet chemical free. Portable darkrooms are also great if you want to bring it with you. Maybe you need a darkroom for an exhibition or a presentation, or just to show off to your friends that you can develop your own films!
Whatever your reason is, you should consider a portable darkroom if you don’t have the space or room for a real darkroom in your place. Some portable darkrooms are just shaped like an over-sized bag where you can load your film, but there are some that you can actually work in while standing up!
Here are a couple of things to consider if you plan on having a portable darkroom:
Set up your portable darkroom in a space where running water is easily accessible.
To make light proofing easier, place your darkroom in an area where there is only one door or few or no windows.
Don’t forget the have it near an electrical outlet for your enlarger.
Eric Marais is the founder of the portable dark-room experience, STENOFLEX. We recently had the chance to ask him some questions and he was kind enough to answer us! Read on to find out more about his company, his interest in photography and what's next for STENOFLEX!
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
Canadian-born Ian Taylor is a full-time photographer specializing in kids and development work. It all started when his five siblings started having children at the same time he was into photography. This passion then spiraled into something amazing, and now Ian works primarily with kids, shooting them when they are in their purest form. Based in Asia, Ian has agreed to share this amazing series of photos he shot with his Petzval Art Lens in Cambodia and Thailand. He also shared with us some of his insights and views on photography.
Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)
I traveled to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia in May 2015 with my twin sister. Our birthday was on the 31st, and for the last few years we've had a silent pact to try to spend our birthdays traveling as much as we could (and as long as we’re single!).
Originally trained as a classical scholar, Arnold Genthe was a self-taught photographer famous for, to name a few, his photographs of San Francisco's Chinatown in the early 1900s, autochromes, and portraits which included famous individuals, dancers, and women with his beloved pet, Buzzer the cat.
So, you’ve got your brand new Lomo’Instant Wide and have already taken some of the coolest looking pics from your favorite new camera. What now? Share them with the World, of course! We want to see every single fantastic, fascinating and mesmerizing photo you shoot with the Lomo’Instant Wide and we’re here to tell you how it can be done.