How to Develop Prints

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Developing prints is a process of several chemicals that need to be timed correctly for the right exposure, and it begins with a developing chemical, followed by a stop and fixative chemical, and then the image is placed in a wash bath. Learn the process of developing prints with advice from a professional photographer in this free video on photography.

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Video Transcript

Hi. My name is John Budden and I'm with the Shutter Priority Imaging Center. For this demonstration we'll have the room lights on just so that we can video tape it. Normally you're going to have to have be in complete darkness or use a red safe light. What we're going to talk about is how to develop prints. And we'll kind of concentrate on black and white process that's about the only thing you really can do at home without having great expenses. So what we're going to do is we're going to start with paper. After your paper has been exposed to light we're going to put it in our developer step first. We put in our developer step and typically you're going to agitate the tray so you get a good developing process going. Typically the time is very critical on this and you'll find this in the instructions of your developer. Once it's developed we're going to go into a stop bath solution. This stop bath solution what this does is it stops the developing process so you've fixed the image in. From there we go into what we call our fixer which it actually will make the paper non like sensitive anymore and it will fix the image in permanently. The fixers goes in and you're going to agitate the chemistry here again so you get a good good solution over so nothing ever, so that you get a good solution level so the chemical process will work much better. Once the fixer is done we're going to be putting it in our wash. Typically your wash will last a couple of minutes and all that you want to wash your paper and get all the chemistry out of it and its important to do this step for the fact that this is going to keep, make it very permanent. Once you're completely washed your print is ready for drying. So we'll put this in a drying rack as such. And that's how we process black and white paper.


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