Have you ever developed your own roll? Well, I’m proud to say I have, and I recommend it to everyone. Be warned: the process is highly addictive (or maybe it’s just the chemicals).
One thing I love about using film is that you get to be part of the photographic process more than when you’re using digital. I know it, you know it, and everybody who has ever used film can attest to this. So when the opportunity presented itself for me to able to process my own roll, I never hesitated to jump right in!
Developing your own roll means you get to extend that feeling of being part of the process even more. Last month, I got to get on to training in our country main office. And with that came the perks of being able to meet up with my friends from Shutter Revolution. They’ve arranged a pretty little seminar about developing black and white films in the basement of one of the moderators of the group.
We only had to bring ourselves, a roll of undeveloped black and white film, and the eagerness to learn. Check, check, and check for me. I had 3 rolls of Neopan sitting for a couple of years already. I shot them not knowing that I’d be needing to develop them myself (silly me!), and ever since 2011 they have been stored in my desk at home waiting to be awakened by the developing gods.
So we took our rolls, and with the help of projectsnap (our guru in the seminar), developed them. I was ecstatic to say the least when at last my roll came up. And it wasn’t ruined!!! Though only a few of the shots were “decent” enough for me.
Here are a few shots from that roll. This was also the first time I used my LC-A, and the first time I used Fuji Neopan. So, there are a lot of firsts here.
After the seminar, I got into contact with another member of Shutter Rev and bought some developer and fixer from him. I also bought a changing bag. This way ill be able to develop my own rolls at home. A week later I got to do it on my own, without the teachers, and here are the results:
I plan to pass the knowledge of development to my fellow photographers here in Cebu. I’ll post our photos when we’re done!
If you still haven’t done so, I recommend developing your own roll (at least on black and white). It’s the best feeling! Well, maybe until you get to print your own photos!!!