Developing film in a bag

by Aron Sumo June. 06, 2018 225 views

For the past year I have been shooting film, mainly to improve my composition and understanding of light. The actual look of film has grown on me hugely and the pictures I capture seem to have more meaning to them. However, getting film developed has been a bit of a pain, not to mention expensive - £7 for colour and £10 for black and white! Every shot does count when you're paying about 41 pence a shot.

After speaking to a few friends and scouring the web for information and instructions on equipment needed to develop film I finally bit the bullet and bought a development tank from ebay. The rest of the equipment I managed to get form the local supermarket and various other stores. All in all it cost me about £70 including the chemicals.

Youtube was a great help in guiding me thought the process and found out it was a lot easier than I initially thought. The only difficult part was really getting the film onto the developing reel in a changing bag.

I felt a magical moment of excitement when I first unscrewed the development tank and saw the developed film - it was such a moment of amazement to see the negatives I had just developed.

If you are shooting film and haven't ever developed it yourself then I would definitely, definitely... definitely recommend it!

Some photos from my first film development attempt...

The olympic village - 120mm Ilford HP5 400

The olympic village - 120mm Ilford HP5 400

Broadway market - 35mm Kodak TriX 400

Broadway market - 35mm Kodak TriX 400

Camden - 35mm Kodak TriX 400

Camden - 35mm Kodak TriX 400

Dalston - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

Dalston - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

Covent Garden - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

Covent Garden - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

Barbican - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

Barbican - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

Barbican - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

Barbican - 35mm Ilford HP5 400 (pushed 1600)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

The results look very good,well done. Gonna check it out.

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Aron Sumo Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks, yes give it a try!

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