Whether you are new to film processing or in need of a refresher, the Film Dev Bootcamp will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to process as much black and white film as you like, in the comfort of your home. Don’t just sling that cool camera over your shoulder, use it to the max and enter a photographic world where you have full control over your film, while saying farewell to those high film development lab costs.
In this workshop, participants will be taken step by step through the full black and white film development process, then develop their own roll of 35mm film with their own development gear. Kits are available for purchase
for those who do not yet have their own film developing tanks.
- A brief history of film
- how film works
- processing chemistry (with health and safety)
- loading development tanks
- blackout for film loading
- film washing and drying
- common pitfalls, and how to avoid them
- archival best practices for negative storage
For those participants looking to work with advanced formats of film, we will also cover how to develop medium format (120mm), and large format sheet (4 x 5”) film, in addition to 35mm.
The spring Film Dev Bootcamp workshop will take place on two dates, Saturday May 6, and Saturday June 3. Each workshop is limited to 6 participants and will happen at the North London Darkroom, an active professional darkroom, a 10 minute walk from the Tottenham Hale tube station. Workshops will run from 10am until approximately 4:30pm, followed up with an optional visit to the neighbouring Beaverton Brewery for a pint.
Participants are to bring one or two rolls of normally exposed 35mm, or 120mm film to use in the workshop. We assume that participants will know how to take a properly exposed photograph. In order for there to be consistency (and sanity) in the workshop, we ask all participants to use Ilford HP5 film as their working film. Please do not bring rolls of precious images such as those taken on a holiday, in case your first development attempt goes awry.
We would like participants to get a feel for their own film development equipment and ask that they bring their development tanks and reels with them. However we may not be able to help if tanks are not manufactured by either Jobo or Patterson. If you are using previously used tanks, please ensure they are in working order, complete, and are light-tight. If you are unsure, or have not developed film before, we strongly recommend that you purchase new tanks and reels. If you have your own development tank, and have encountered trouble loading film onto the reel, we strongly suggest replacing it with a new reel. We have partnered with Process Supplies to build a kit for this workshop that are available for purchase. These development tanks are a good investment that will last many years.
Optional Kit includes
- A Paterson 2 reel developing tank, with 2 reels.
- 25 ml measuring cylinder
- Chemistry for processing a few rolls of film
- Film changing bag
Chemistry will be provided for the workshop.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.