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What happens when you spool film for development and don't actually know how to do it?

When I developed my first roll of black and white film at home, I didn’t actually practice spooling the negative roll first, so I ended up scrunching it onto the spool in the dark, without realizing that its supposed to go in smoothly.

So in goes all the chemicals…and out comes this disastrous set of photos, ‘ruined’ from the negs sticking to each other during development. There were splotches of chemical soup all over the roll.

But when I scanned them I was really happy with the result! Its totally lo-fi…poor light to begin with, expired film, not knowing how to do something but doing it anyway, scratch marks, blotches, and then the most psyched out shots come out.

So, my tip is, jump head first into black and white home-developing. Its much cheaper than getting it done in a lab, and once you get the chemicals right, the rest is blind fun.

written by kirri-joy


  1. dux_x


    That´s amazing what we learn from errors...

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  2. lomosexual_manboy


    I've had plenty of experience with this. It's 100 percent worth it to invest in a good reel if you plan on doing your own developing. Out of my frustration I have had some cool results though.

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  3. stouf


    Oh yeah me too !Let me submit some !

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  4. kirri-joy


    yay, thanks for the submissions guys! cool to see how this works with colour film. yeah, home developing...dooo ittt.... :D

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  5. oldskool_rider


    we've all been there, i remember my 1st roll of home developed b&w came out blank, to this day, i still dont know what happened, maybe it was the camera? haha

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  6. eyecon


    Good effect.......accidents are always nice (in Lomography)

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  7. kirri-joy


    haha cool.

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