This week in the studio we had some creative fun! We wanted to develop our own film right here at the studio so thats exactly what we did! We came up with a list of the supplies needed to develop the negatives. Some items on that list included powered chemistry kits for both color and black and white film, a developing tank, and a 4x5 holder.
The first step was to take a few test pictures. Thanks to the help of our new intern, Austin, we took the 4x5 film camera on a field trip and took several black and white negatives.
Next, we prepared the chemistry by mixing a ratio of water and powder and funneled it into a jug for storage.
Today, (Friday) we are developing the photos. First, we load the film into a tank and checked the temperature of the chemicals. Then, we did a water bath for the film to wash off the negatives. Next, we put the developing chemicals in the tank and spin the tank to keep the chemicals from settling. After, is the fixer, which stops the developing process. We did another water bath to wash off the fixer chemicals. The next chemical we use is Permawash. This fully cleans the film. The last few steps are another water bath and use Photoflo, which makes sure there are no streaks in the film. The last step is to hang it to dry. Let the film dry for at least 2 hours and then they are ready to be scanned.
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-the WonderWorks Team