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Hi! This is Brian on behalf of expertvillage.com.
Now that we’ve gotten our film outside of the canister we need to load it into the spirals
of our small tank to properly develop it. This is one style from a company called Paterson
that greatly simplifies the task of loading it on as you can see the two sides of the
spiral alternate and can twist in opposite directions, as you’ll see in a moment this
feeds it onto the roll. Another style involves metal spirals a little bit more difficult
to use but a little more versatile as well, again either one works equally as well and
it’s up to you to decide what you like better. Now in this case and again remember you want
to do this in a completely dark environment any kind of light will completely damage the
film it’ll fog it and erase the images that you already on there, so again it takes practice
but it’s very easy to do once you get the hang of it. To load this you want to cut the
leader off and also a small tab on one side so that it feeds itself easier onto the spiral,
now for the first few inches of film it doesn’t matter if you touch them as this is how you
had to handle these two loaded into the camera already anyway and it’s already been exposed
to the light for the first few inches as well. So go ahead and feed that into your canister
and feed that into your spiral…as you can see as you rotate it back and forth it draws
the film off the reel, once you’ve reached the end of the reel
simply snip off the remaining and finish loading the roll onto the spiral.

10 thoughts on “How to Develop Black & White Photos : Loading Film on the Spiral Reels

  1. Wow, this will help me in class.

    The plastic reels seem easyer,then the steel reels.

    This is the first time I have ever put film on a reel.

  2. I remember using the plastic vs. steel reels in photo some years back, I loved the steel since there was a little more room and for some reason felt is was more of a purist way to go. Plastic is much easier though; My fav. way was the 'darkbag,' that way I could be out in class with the lights on and still be developing my rolls.

  3. Awesome. I've been trying to figure out the plastic reels for a little while now. Up until now I've only used metal reels and I couldn't figure out how to load the plastic ones.

  4. i had to do that earlier today in class. the film went on the reel crooked and some of it was hanging off, could my film possibly be damaged,does this have to be done perfectly?
    im gonna find out anyway tomorrow but just wondering if the pictures might look weird if the film is kinda crooked on the reel.

  5. This vid rly helped me. Im taking a photo class because my major is photography-visual journalisim and when i was in the dark room, i had so much trouble putting the film on the reel and when i develop it, the film comes out milky because it was not set on the reel properly

  6. It comes out milky because it is not fixed properly and the emulsion on the film is still in the process of being chemically removed.

  7. Could you re-do some of these images, because I cant really see whats going on since the video resolution and audio is pretty poor quality

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