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My name is Jeff and I want to talk to you
a little bit about processing 4 x 5 sheet film, like this. There are a couple of ways
of doing it. One; is in a tray which takes a little technique to develop negatives in
a tray but in general, you are in the dark of course. You’ve got your developer in
here and you want to drop one in it, drop another one in it, then you are going to pick
the bottom one up and put it on top, pick the bottom one up and put it on top, pick
the bottom one up and put it on top, pick the bottom one up and put it on top. You want
to do this in a very regular manner. Now you can move the chemicals around a little bit.
I would keep them moving pretty constant in there, one on top of the other whether you’ve
got 2 or 10; however many you got in there. The more you got in there, the more you are
going to have to keep them moving because you don’t want them to sit in one place
for very long. The other way of course is in a large standing tank like one of these
that you can use a film holder like this. If you use these types and they have holes
in the back like these, you want to have the base side of the film facing those holes,
the emulsion side facing the other direction. So you will have to determine where your notch
is and that will determine where your emulsion is, then you just slide them in there like
that and close the top. Now no matter how many sheets you put in one, you always want
to close all the gates because if you leave them open and you have another rack next to
it, it is going to scratch it, so you always want to close all the gates. Now for agitation
in a standing tank with racks, you pull them once every minute and list them off. The next
minute you want to list them off in the other direction, one more minute, list it off in
this direction until your processing time is up.

7 thoughts on “Developing Film in a Darkroom : Processing Sheet Film in a Darkroom

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