New Meeting: Mini-class: Develop your own B&W film at home

From: Reese
Sent on: Saturday, March 15, 2008 9:12 AM
Announcing a new meeting for The South Bay Photography Meetup Group!

What: Mini-class: Develop your own B&W film at home

When: Sunday, March 23, 3:00 PM

Where: (A location for this meeting hasn't been chosen yet)

Who should come: Anyone who is interested in learning how to develop film at home. We will not be developing film during this mini-class, but we will be practising loading the reels (the hardest part).

Why: If you develop B&W film yourself, you'll save a LOT of money.

Meeting Description: Hey South Bay Photo,

I love film, do you? Maybe you're dusting off that old analog camera someone gave you a long time ago. Maybe you just like film because... you're crazy like me. Whatever the case, you can learn to develop your own B&W film at home. I'll be holding a mini-class on this topic, covering the basics of process. I will then be demonstrating how to load the reel (how to get your film out of the cartridge) and discuss the basic process.

**Please note: We will not be actually developing film during this mini-class. If you really want to do that, I might schedule small sessions at my home, where I have a very dark closet and plenty of chemicals in the bathroom.**

I will provide basic developing information, as well as bringing an assortment of reels (steel and plastic) for people to practice on. Learning to load the reel is the toughest part, and that's what we'll be doing. I will demo the process and then provide hands-on assistance to anyone who wants it. Feel free to ask any questions you want, and I hope that I will be able to answer them all!

You will need to bring one roll of waste film. It can be colour or B&W; we will be using it as practice for loading the reels, as I do not have enough waste film for everyone. If people are interested in learning how to load the 120 reels for medium format film, I can bring those for practice as well.

A location for this meetup has not been chosen yet. I'm thinking of using Mission City Coffee in Santa Clara, where we have our monthly social meetups, but if someone has a better idea, let 'er rip. We just need a place where you guys can hear me, and we can all sit around fumbling with our film and reels.


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