Film Developing

Introduction to film developing


Photographic film is a plastic strip–the film strip–coated with a gelatin filled with tiny light-sensitive crystals. A film camera briefly exposes sections of this plastic film strip to light, which is imprinted into these crystals to form your exposure.

Photographic processing or development is the chemical means by which photographic film or paper is treated after photographic exposure to produce a negative or positive image. Photographic processing transforms the latent image into a visible image, makes this permanent and renders it insensitive to light.

I keep this workshop in my small darkroom at the Factory Studios, Boscombe. I develop and print black and white film there. Because of the limited space, I can’t squeeze the colour film into my darkroom, but I will speak about the difference between b&w and colour film development, but I can’t show it in practice.

This is a 4 hours session for £100, included 1 roll of film and the chemicals. During the session in the first hour we shoot some pictures, in the second hour talking about methods and equipment and at the end we do the practical things. The participant can shoot an another roll of black and white film before the session and we will develop that one as well.
Black and white printing workshop is coming soon.

Course Content :

  • Film types and sizes
  • Description of different developing processes
  • Developing modification possibilities (cross process, pulling, pushing)
  • Equipment in film developing
  • Chemicals in film developing
  • Useful charts and applications
  • Practical exercise
  • Making contact prints
  • Scanning negatives
  • How to do it at home

You are welcome to bring along any 35mm or medium format camera. If you don’t have any please let me know forward and I lend you one of mines. I provide you a roll of film to practice loading/unloading.

The workshop takes place at the Factory Studios in Bournemouth. The workshops can accommodate maximum 2 participants (aged 14 or above) at the same time.

Price: £100/person

For dates please check my Workshop Calendar

For further information or to book over the phone, please call me on 07588 940490
Or email me to

I also provide One to one tuition in film photography. Just give me a ring for more information!
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