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The Film Developing Cookbook

1st Edition

By Steve Anchell, Bill Troop


184 pages

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The Film Developing Cookbook is an up-to-date manual for photographic film development techniques. This book concentrates on films, their characteristics, and the developers each requires for maximum control of the resulting image.

The Film Developing Cookbook specifically addresses the difficult subject of T-grain film development. It includes rarely found information on film development and the nature of film developers. This book will help photographers acquire a working knowledge of photographic chemistry that is relevant to black and white film developing and serve as a reference and refresher for photographers at all stages of their skill.

This companion to The Darkroom Cookbook will help photographers become familiar with different developer formulas for achieving a wide range of pictorial effects, and teach them how to mix and use photographic solutions from scratch-even to create new ones. Many of the developing formulas and archival fixing solutions contained in The Film Developing Cookbook have never before been presented. The authors take bold and controversial stances on many widely accepted film developing dogmas. They tackle many of the widely accepted "myths" of film development. They reject the trend toward 'scientific evaluation' of films and developers in favor of the photographer developing a personal aesthetic without relying exclusively on densitometry or H&D curves.

Topics covered in this manual include:

· Films

· Developer ingredients

· Types of developers

· Formulas

· Speed increasing

· Mixing and storing stock solutions

· Stop baths, fixers, and washing

· Safety

· Chemical and equipment suppliers

· Recommended development time for hundreds of films and developers


"This elegant, user-friendly book clearly provides the photo-chemical information necessary for the photographer to be in control of his or her black and white film developing. I cannot praise the writing and design of The Film Developing Cookbook highly enough." - Journal of the Print World

"…this is a very important publication for every fan of the darkroom. You'll learn huge amounts of stuff about photographic processes."

Table of Contents

Introduction; Developer Categories; Films; Developer Ingredients; Developer Procedures; Solvent Developers; Non-solvent Developers; Super-fine Grain Developers; Tanning Developers; Special Developers: Two-bath, High Contrast; Ascorbic Acid; Increasing Film Speed; Document Films; After Development Processes: Stop Baths, Fixers, Washing; Appendix 1: Reference Formulas; Appendix 2: Mixing and Storing Stock Solutions; Appendix 3: Safety; Chemical and Equipment Suppliers; Table of Abbreviations; Table of Equivalents; Bibliography; Index; Chart 1: Ilford Temperature Conversion Chart; Chart 2: Recommended Developing Times for Films and Developers

About the Authors

Steve Anchell teaches both digital and darkroom classes at Oregon State University. Internationally published, with his fine art work exhibited in galleries and private collections, Steve has conducted workshops since 1979, including workshops for the International Center for Photography in NYC, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Toscana Photographic Workshops (Italy), the Universities of California at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Irvine, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Denver.

Steve is a former contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer, Camera & Darkroom, and PhotoWork magazines, and has written for Shutterbug, Rangefinder, photo technique, View Camera, and Camera Arts magazines. Steve is the author of The Darkroom Cookbook, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and The Film Developing Cookbook, published by Focal Press.

Bill Troop is a highly respected independent photochemist.

About the Series

Alternative Process Photography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / Darkroom
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / General