Coffee, Tea, Or Vitamin C
Kitchen Chemistry In The Darkroom
A century and a half of research
and development in photographic processing technology has given us some
mighty fine materials to work with. The ease and speed of processing
high quality black and white photos with today's materials is
truly amazing. Developing agents with a wide range of capabilities are
available from many different manufacturers. Could we ever manage without
these commercial chemicals?
8 oz of water
Developing With Vitamins
8 oz of water
Film development with either of these concoctions--the coffee brew or the vitamin C mix--is straightforward and simple. And what will you have in the end? A strip of negatives with all the requirements for producing good prints. The negatives may not have as clean and crisp an appearance as you're accustomed to seeing, but don't be deceived. A remarkable level of detail is there, and with a little effort you can generate prints of surprising quality. Try it and see.
Simple Stop And Fix
Roger Bunting is a chemistry professor at Illinois State University. He is author of a book entitled "The Chemistry of Photography" (www.photoglass.com), and has taught a course in photographic chemistry for many years.
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