Basics of film developing
This step, basics of film developing, is very important that can make a person
becomes a great photography. After knowing how to use the camera and how
to take the pictures, the next step is learning how to develop the film.
Although the person has a good negative; but a person doesn't have a good
develop's skill ,or doesn't know the right way about developing, how can that
person makes a good picture. He/she should know how to develop film and
how to roll the film. Basic things about how to develop the film are listed in
the book entitled, INTRODUCTORY & PUBLICATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY
written by Dr.C. Wm. Horrell and Robert A.Steffes. That is
1. Turn off all the lights in the darkroom and unwind the film. (Roll
film, except 35 mm, must be separated from the protective paper). And then
unroll the paper until the end of the film is reached which is not attached to
the paper and will, therefore, form its own roll when separated.
2. Unroll until the other end is reached, which is attached to the paper
by tape. Tear film gently from the paper when loading the film onto a reel or
into a plastic apron.
3. At this point, handle film by the edges to avoid fingerprints on the
film's picture area.
4. Fingerprints inflicted by pressure or moist fingers may show up on
the negative and in the finished print.
5. To remove the film from a 35 mm cartridge, pop off the retaining
ring with a bottle opener, allowing the roll to be removed.
6. The film is now loaded on a reel. This procedure is the best learned
by practicing with a film provided for this purpose, or an uncut, discarded
strip of negetive.