I've been longing to process my film rolls on my own so I tried developing my color negative film in black & white developing chemicals, namely Ilford XP2. I was so surprised with the results and I love it! Read more to see the step-by-step of self-developing.
Get your developer and rapid fixer ready. I used both Ilford XP2 and Rapid Fixer. A changing bag is a MUST if you prefer to work in a lit room instead of a dark room. Put every thing in your changing bag. These are the things that are needed in developing your own film:
- Changing bag
- A can/canister opener
- Developing Tank
- Film Roller
- Ilford XP2 (You can use other developers but this is the one I used for this project)
- Ilford Rapid Fixer
- 2 empty bottles (to put back your developer and rapid fixer which have been mixed with water)
- Measuring cylinder (or any measuring cup)
Here’s how I did it:
1. Put everything inside your changing bag except for the developer, rapid fixer, empty bottles and measuring cylinder.
AFTER THIS STEP, EVERY THING MUST BE DONE INSIDE THE CHANGING BAG OR IN TOTAL DARKNESS.
2. Get your film out from the canister with the opener.
3. Roll it with the film roller.
4. Put the roller inside your developing tank, closed it tightly.
5. Take it out from the changing bag.
6. Add in the Ilford XP2 developer first.
7. Agitate it for 7 minutes 30 seconds. Shake it 10 times for every 30 seconds.
8. Then, add in tap water, agitate it for 10 minutes.
9. Rinse well.
10. After that, add in the Ilford Rapid Fixer, and do the same as Step 7.
11. Add in tap water. Rinse well. Add in liquid detergent, just to wash the residue off.
12. Voila! You have developed your own B&W film!
Here are the shots taken with an LC-A+ and color film, now B&W!
Some might have different tips and tricks but this is how I did my own developing process. Hope you guys learned something from this. Tell me if it worked for you too!