The Film Developing Cookbook: A Guide to Modern Film Development Techniques
The Film Developing Cookbook is a book written by Steve Anchell and Bill Troop that covers various aspects of film development, such as film types, developer ingredients, formulas, speed increasing, stop baths, fixers, washing and safety. The book is aimed at photographers who want to have more control over their images and experiment with different pictorial effects. The book also challenges some of the common myths and dogmas of film development and encourages the reader to develop a personal aesthetic without relying exclusively on scientific measurements.
The book is divided into six chapters: Chapter 1 introduces the films and their characteristics, such as grain, contrast, speed and latitude. Chapter 2 explains the developer ingredients and their functions, such as reducing agents, accelerators, restrainers and preservatives. Chapter 3 describes the types of developers and their advantages and disadvantages, such as one-shot, replenished, two-bath, divided and compensating developers. Chapter 4 provides a large collection of formulas for various developers, along with recommended development times for hundreds of films. Chapter 5 discusses the other steps of film processing, such as stop baths, fixers, washing and drying. Chapter 6 covers the safety aspects of film development, such as chemical hazards, ventilation, storage and disposal.
The book is written in a clear and concise style, with many tables, charts and diagrams to illustrate the concepts. The book also includes a glossary of terms, a list of chemical and equipment suppliers, and an index for easy reference. The book is suitable for beginners who want to learn the basics of film development, as well as advanced photographers who want to explore new possibilities and refine their skills. The book is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in the art and science of film photography.The Film Developing Cookbook is not only a practical guide, but also a source of inspiration for film photographers. The authors share their personal experiences and opinions on various aspects of film development, such as the choice of films and developers, the effects of temperature and agitation, the use of speed increasing and compensating techniques, and the evaluation of results. The authors also provide examples of their own work and the work of other photographers who have used the formulas and methods described in the book. The book shows that film development is not a rigid or standardized process, but a creative and flexible one that can be adapted to different situations and preferences.
The Film Developing Cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves film photography and wants to master the craft of film development. The book is a comprehensive and up-to-date manual that covers all the aspects of modern film development techniques. The book is also a tribute to the beauty and diversity of film photography, which is still alive and thriving in the digital age. 061ffe29dd