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...