Well, I decided to try my hands at developing paper photo. And for that I had to set up a dark room and I don’t have a lot of space here at my home. See what I did after the jump.
I wanted to make my own dark room so that I could set it up fast and easy. Here’s how I did it for about 120 euros.
I had been checking out enlargers online and decide to get a used one I found one that cost me around 40 euros. Then I had to find paper and chemicals. Again, I went online and I purchased from an online store called First Call Photographic and there I found some chemicals and paper for around 65 euros. And it arrived pretty fast too.
Here is a list of the paper and chemicals:
- Kentmere VC Select Glossy, 5 × 7in, paper
- Rollei RXN Fix Neutral Odourless Fixer, 300ml Softpack
- Rollei RHS D74 Superfine Film Developer, 300ml Softpack
- Rollei CITRIN Citric Acid Odourless Stop Bath, 300ml
Then I decide to get all the rest I needed as easy as I could. what I need was gloves and pans to develop in: I found some gloves and pans at the local supermarket and even some clothespins to hang the photo to dry with. It cost me around 13 euros. Then I had to get a safelight/red light. I bought some lights for a bike and used the red one and it works well. A set of those lights cost me 2 euros. I have developing tanks so I didn’t have to spend money on that.
Here are some photos of negatives I have done in my darkroom:
I’m lucky that my bathroom was the right size for a dark room for my needs. So I set up the darkroom to be taken down easily. I have done a few paper photos and I love the results. They have those really cool vintage vibes that I so love.
Here are some prints that I made:
So to sum up:
- 40 euros for enlarger
- 65 euros for paper and chemical
- 13 euros for pans and gloves and so on
- 2 euros for safelight