DIY photolab


Developing photos is getting more and more complex with lot of new and dangerous chemicals and techniques zooming the market. But Shutterbug has an article which shows you how to use safe, chemical-free film processing chemicals that you can find in your kitchen cupboard. Materials like coffee, tea, vanilla extract, salt etc. can be used for fixing and developing your photos. Also instructions for brewing your own low-fi film soup is provided by reknowned chemistry prof. Roger Bunting.

The two most essential ingredients of a photographic developer are a developing agent (a reducing agent) and an activator. Caffeine, that magical component of coffee, tea, and many soft drinks, is an excellent reducer and can work well as a developing agent. Vitamin C can also do the job, as well as vanilla extract, iron supplement tablets, and a number of other common materials when properly applied.

This article is a very good base to start with, if you are a pin hole camera enthusiast. And it is very interesting to see that chemistry works and is understandable at least once, without a hitch. 😉

Kitchen Chemistry In The Darkroom


This is a photo developed by the HomeBrew Photolab technique. Courtesy Justin Ouellette.

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  1. 1 .i dream in red. - .inside a photographers mind.

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