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The Film Developing Cookbook

2nd Edition

By Bill Troop, Steve Anchell


222 pages

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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 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.

Table of Contents


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


About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

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