2nd Edition

The Film Developing Cookbook

By Bill Troop, Steve Anchell Copyright 2020
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Film Developing Cookbook, 2nd edition 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.

    For two decades The Film Developing Cookbook has helped photographers acquire a working knowledge of photographic chemistry—what photo chemicals do and why—for black and white film developing. Now reissued in a revised and fully updated edition, this must-have manual for photographic film development techniques covers films, their characteristics, and the developers each require for maximum control of the resulting image. Readers will learn how to mix and use photographic solutions from scratch, and even how to create new ones. Includes invaluable information about films, developer ingredients, formulas, speed increasing, mixing and storing stock solutions, stop baths, fixers, washing, and chemical safety.

    A must-have for analog photography enthusiasts and any photography students using the darkroom. For in-depth discussion and questions on all things film or darkroom join the Darkroom Cookbook Forum, www.darkroomcookbook.com


    Index of Formulas

    CHAPTER 1 - Developer Categories

    CHAPTER 2 - Films

    CHAPTER 3 - Developer Ingredients

    CHAPTER 4 - Development Procedures

    CHAPTER 5 - Solvent Developers (Fine Grain)

    CHAPTER 6 - Non-solvent Developers (High Definition)

    CHAPTER 7 - Super-fine Grain Developers

    CHAPTER 8 - Tanning Developers

    CHAPTER 9 - Special Developers

    CHAPTER 10 - Increasing Film Speed

    CHAPTER 11 - Document Films

    CHAPTER 12 - After Development Processes 1: Stop Baths

    CHAPTER 13 - After Development Processes 2: Fixing, Washing, Drying

    CHAPTER 14 - After Development Processes 3: Advanced Fixer Topics

    CHAPTER 15 - After Development Processes 4: Image Permanence


    I: Reference Formulas

    II: Mixing Solutions

    III: Chemical Safety

    IV Henn’s Forgotten Suggestions for D-25 and Microdol



    Developing Time Chart

    Temperature Conversion Chart



    Bill Troop is the principal author of The Film Developing Cookbook, widely considered to be the standard contemporary work on black and white film processing and chemistry. As a photo chemist, he has designed many products including TF-4, the first commercially available alkaline fixer for black and white film and papers. In technology he was the first writer to champion RAID systems for personal computers, and he has designed several typefaces.

    Steve Anchell has taught digital and darkroom classes at Oregon State University, and has conducted workshops since 1979 at institutions such as the International Center for Photography, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and UCLA. He is the author of The Darkroom Cookbook, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera.

    "The authors have compiled from sources ordinary and obscure a treasure-trove of information from the everyday to the experimental, all of it useful and interesting. Over the years following the first edition I have used this book as a guide for exploratory refinements to all processes in my darkroom. 60 new pages add new techniques, new formulas, and explanation of the mysteries of development."

    Gordon Hutchings, author, The Book of Pyro

    "This book is the most essential piece of darkroom equipment. It contains many of the best formulae - and the most useful information - from the entire history of photography. I only wish it had been published 53 years ago when I first fell in love with the darkroom."

    John Wimberley, Photographer

    "This indispensable book, the 2nd edition of The Film Developing Cookbook, is a mine of authoritative, interesting and practical information about every aspect of film and its processing. A ‘must buy’ book for darkroom fans of all levels."

    Tim Rudman. Fine Art Photographer and Printer, Author


    Praise for the Previous Edition:

    "This is an original, personal treatment of a complex technical subject. The author takes some unconventional positions, but his grasp of the underlying science is sound"

    T.H. James, author of The Theory of the Photographic Process

    "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."