A good book on B/W developing & printing?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Druhms, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Druhms

    Druhms Guest


    I would like to learn how to develop my own b/w pictures and print them at
    home. Could someone please recomend a good book to get me started? The local
    lab is killing me. $20 for 36 b/w @3200...ouch for me.
    Also, about how much of an initial investment will I have to make for the
    equipment? I know this is probably a broad question, but any insight would be
    Thanks a bunch for the help.
    P.S. Please email your response to me also as I don't visit this group enough.
    [email protected] aol.com (no space)
    Druhms, Aug 13, 2003
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    Start by going to the www.ilford.com website. Download two documents. One
    is called "processing your first film" and the other "making your first print".


    Both are simple and to the point. They won't turn you into a fine art
    printer but will give you enough info to decide if you're interested in
    going further. If you are then you can look into more advanced books.

    For developing film not very much at all. A new patterson type tank or a
    Jobo 1500 tank won't cost much more then the $20 you're paying for one roll.
    For printing it goes up but with current prices it's not outrageous. A lot
    depends on how lucky you get with finding stuff. What formats you are
    interested in. Go bigger then you think you'll need.

    Also you'll find more info in rec.photo.darkroom. Plus don't ignore the
    google archives for rec.photo.darkroom. Plenty of good info.

    Nick Zentena, Aug 13, 2003
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    comp.user Guest

    _Into Your Darkroom Step by Step_ by Dennis P. Curtin is good. It has
    detailed, illustrated, step by step instructions. Lots of tips and
    advice too.

    In addition to the two Ilford articles already mentioned, there's a
    similar one by Kodak that you might want to read.

    comp.user, Aug 13, 2003
  4. I would like to learn how to develop my own b/w pictures and print them
    I 100 % agree with this. Just two weeks ago I developed my first
    film (well first after many years) ant this Ilford manual was really


    Ondrej Pokluda, Aug 13, 2003
  5. It's interesting to note that there has been no recommendation of Ansel
    Adam's books on the subject.

    Bill Tallman
    William D. Tallman, Aug 13, 2003
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    Bob Sawin Guest

    Not to mention the fact that it is a bit too advanced for anyone just
    wanting to learn the basics.

    Bob Sawin, Aug 14, 2003
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