If you're just starting with film photography or are interested in it, processing your own film can seem a bit daunting, but it's really not that hard, especially with black and white film. Furthermore, it can be immensely satisfying. This great video will show you everything you need to get up and running as well as the entire procedure.
Coming to you from Ilford Photo, this video runs you through your first time processing black and white film. Here's everything you'll need:
- Black and white film (duh)
- Cassette end cap remover
- Developing tank with reel
- Hanging clips
- Timer (your phone will work just fine)
- Three large measuring cylinders
- Small measuring cylinder
- Rubber gloves
- Safety glasses
- Stop bath
- Rapid fixer
- Wetting agent
It seems like a lot to purchase at first, but remember that most of the accessories are cheap and the chemicals will last you a while. The process itself is fairly straightforward and can be rather rewarding, as you get to work with your hands and watch the images appear before your eyes. Once you're done, you can either proceed to making prints or scan the negatives into your computer.