Developing a picture in a darkroom for the first time is a timeless experience that everyone should experience at least once in their life. The feeling that you get when you first see an image appear on a once blank sheet of paper is almost magical. The first time I printed a photo in a darkroom, I instantly forgot about the horrid smell of the chemicals (For the record, I now enjoy that smell), and just watched as my photograph appeared out of thin air.
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- Note - Make sure to read the warnings in step 14, as well as all warnings on the supplies that you use before attempting any dark room work.
Step 1: Supplies
- A negative to print
- 100% Cotton cosmetic pad
- Rubbing Alcohol
- A light tight room (Must be well ventilated) (Bathrooms with towels shoved under the door can work well)
- Running water
- Safe light
- 4 Trays for chemicals
- Enlarger with a condenser head (and bulb)
- Paper easel (holds the paper in place under the enlarger)
- Squeegee (Technically optional, but highly recommended)
- Drying rack/clothes line and pins
- Grain enlarger (optional)
- Emulsion paper - doesn't matter much what you use. I prefer fiber paper.
- Gloves and apron are optional.
- Chemical storage bottles
- Developer - I use Kodak Dektol
- Stop bath - I use Kodak Indicator stop bath
- Fixer - I use Kodak Fixer
- Hypo clear - I use Kodak Hypo Clearing Agent
You can also get used equipment from Ebay for a lot less.