Online resources for Film & Development information

Discussion in 'Film Developing / Chemistry' started by pdh, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. pdh

    pdh FF Regular

    Mar 25, 2015
    The internet is awash with information, misinformation, fads, myths and false beliefs about film - how it should be exposed and, especially, how it should be developed.

    Those new to film - perhaps particularly people who have come to film from digital without ever having used film in its heyday - might find the conflicting opinions splattered across various forums confusing, and conclude that film is a dark art, practised only by elderly men with chemical-stained hands and a degree in chemistry, or equally wrongly, that you can throw any old thing into the pot and it will work fine.

    The truth is that, while the technicalities of film and development are quite amazingly complex in themselves, anyone with a few simple pieces of equipment, and who is able to do things methodically for ten minutes at a time, can successfully develop film without having to understand what two-electron sensitisation is or own a densitometer.

    The links below were assembled for a sticky at APUG, and represent a set of resources from the major film manufacturers themselves (Ilford (Harman), Kodak and Fuji) that detail many of the ins and outs of film. Accordingly, I'm inclined to treat the information presented therein as having greater authority than that of some stranger who posts his (or, more rarely, her) opinions for public consumption.

    I haven't tested all the links, so do PM me if any of them seem broken. The author of the original APUG post has given me permission to reproduce it here.

    Lastly, can I just offer a quote from the saintly Roger Hicks:

    ""Photography sometimes attracts people with a very high opinion of their own expertise, and a predilection for bossing others about. Listen to some of them, and you will be amazed that silver halide photography ever succeeded at all, given that it is so difficult, complicated, and expensive. Except it isn't.

    Processing film - basics

    Processing - any level

    Pathways to Black and White

    Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts

    Processing Kodak films

    Darkroom design

    Darkroom design for beginners

    Safelights and testing

    How safe is your safelight?
    KODAK: How Safe Is Your Safelight? Important Facts

    Printing - basics/beginner

    Making Your First Black and White Print

    Printing - any level

    Contrast Control

    Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts

    Storage and care of materials before/after processing

    Characteristics of films

    ILFORD PHOTO - Characteristics (Science)

    X-ray fog

    Other and/or more advanced topics

    ISO and Exposure Index

    Basic Sensitometry Workbook

    Specific Gravity and pH of Kodak Chemistry


    Fuji tech data
    For all films. Includes additional info. such as simplified definitions/explanations of MTF, RMS Granularity, Resolving Power.
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  2. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg FF Regular

    Mar 23, 2015
    Canary Islands
  3. randy

    randy FF Regular

    Nov 3, 2015
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  4. Jim

    Jim FF Regular

    Apr 2, 2017
    Newark, DE
    +1 in the Massive Development Chart. When we processed film commercially, we occasionally would get a weird European film to process. This resource almost always had the information we needed.
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