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Then you have variables such as how they’re supplied powder or liquid , if they can be mixed straight from the bottle or require an intermediary working solution, properties such as contrast and tonality, development times, etc. Once you have developed a few rolls of film you will be able to see if your rating of the film and your development needs tweaking. Certain films and developers are meant to work together as designed by their manufacturers and if you stick to the formula, you can expect specific, consistent results. I have traditionally used the chart only as a reference starting point if I was missing the manufacturer’s specific instructions which also are a starting poing IMHO. The downside is that some sharpness is lost. Mike Gammill , Jan 17, We suggest starting with one developer – learn its nuances, how it works with your favorite films and refine your overall technique before trying another.

With the advantages that modern plumbing provide us, temperature is often easily controlled – but sometimes you’re working under less than ideal conditions and must work with particular dilutions due to temperatures that you can reasonably attain. Only then should you start to experiment – as mixing ratios, development times and methods start to change, might not be “officially recommended” or just not documented by manufacturers. You may well find you need a different time, and there’s a chance you may need a very different time. As you get into more specialized combinations, there’s little room for experimentation and must be used with only a few, specific formulas. This is where it gets interesting. To determine the proper development time for your film, locate your film type on the chart below and read across to the column headed by your desired working temperature. You must log in or sign up to reply here.

So a curve-fit would be more appropriate, and if you want to get super-mathy on this, you’d probably end up with 5: Edu M 7: That website is a great resource, but 1 it contains a lot of contributors’ personal opinions and preferences, and 2 much depends on your subject, the lighting conditions, how you meter, how you develop, how you scan or print, etc.


Take notes along the way and above all, have fun! For your film atbased only on the chart data, you should give use 5: Only then should you start to experiment – as mixing ratios, development times and methods chqrt to change, might not be “officially recommended” or just not documented by manufacturers.

Film Development Time Charts

The Development Timing System Chart can also be used in conjunction with our recommended Chart Letter Adjustments to determine the appropriate adjustments for changes in working solution temperature, variations in film exposure and a variety of other processing conditions. It’s best to leave more exotic combos for when you have perfected your skills in developing and can produce consistent, reliable results.

You may well find you need a different time, and there’s a chance you may need a very different time. Developing is a critical step with film for obvious reasons, but because of the compromise nature of photography, you can achieve an absolutely bewildering array of looks. Another one is the Massive Dev Chart which is a crowdsourced collection of developing “recipes” especially developing times covering a huge variety of films and developers.

Don’t be afraid to experiment; in fact, it’s encouraged!

The Massive Dev Chart

It’s alive and well. Getting Started For people just getting started, there are some classic combos that are simple, versatile and well-proven. These have specific developer requirements and work best that way. Some more general observations: They’re all extremely easy devv mix and enjoy a lengthy shelf life for infrequent shooters, especially because they can be mixed straight from the bottle.

Another interesting resource is the FilmDev site, allowing you to match up photos posted to Flickr with their “recipes” for development. Introduction Choosing a black and white film developer is often a deeply personal decision, but not necessarily. This is where it gets interesting. If you insist on using Rodinal, I’d probably downrate it to EI orespecially if you’re concerned about getting good shadow detail.


But it’s how you adjust that can make a huge difference in the end result.

Bewildering, no doubt – but it’s these options that allow us to express our creativity by accomplishing a particular look – or just getting the job done as simply and reliably as possible. As others have said, use it as a starting point. Edu R This means experimentation, and that should be done in test rolls or clips, not your priceless negs from a real shoot.

Twitter Tweets by SprintSystems. The fun really begins though, when you start to mix and match for various reasons. Certainly if you’re just starting out you might want to stick with a flexible, trusted combination until you get more experience and start to not only experiment – but learn to appreciate the differences.

Massive Dev Chart Film Development, Film Developing Database

This makes for grainy, contrasty images that many love and even associate with film itself. Some are of a solvent type, which tend to reduce grain by eating away at or rounding the corners of the grain. Chart is based on developing activity, which doubles with each increase of 6. The Massive Dev Chart why should I believe it? The pH of your water unless you mix with distilled or deionized water can affect the activity of some developers.

Random gallery photo L Another variation seen amongst almost all developers is the ratio of stock to water, so-called dilutions or ratios. I agree with Barry, chsrt looks like a type. Choices It’s dead, Jim.

But of course this is merely somebody’s recommended starting point. Mike GammillJan 17,