How To Develop Black & White Film

Several years ago I got interested in shooting black and white film and more or less naturally gravitated to relearning to do my own processing. I prepared this article to give readers an introduction to doing this fun activity at home without too many failures. So while this is by no means an exhaustive how-to, it’s how I do it and some 40-50 rolls later, it seems to be working for me. I continue to learn nuances of this process and am branching out to experimenting with other developers. So off we go.

Background - More than a year ago I was asked by one of our forum’s former admins (Damn Brit to be exact) to prepare an article for FPZ about developing film since I had gotten back into it after about 45 years... so I shot this series of step by step shots for this article.

Tools for developing successfully:

Ok I think that’s about it. Ready? Let’s get started. No…wait; you need one more thing... a dark room!

Note: We've put together a checklist of all the instructions contained in this article to use as a reference guide when you're actually developing your film. Just download this PDF file, open it with your favourite PDF reader (Adobe Reader is most common), and print it out onto 2 standard 8.5"x11" sheets of paper.