Introduction: The Home Darkroom
I Show You The Basics Of A Home Dark Room
Step 1: What You Need
2. Chemicals (Developer,Stop,Hypoclear,Fixer)
4. Darkroom Bulbs
5. Film Developing Tank
6. Paper Trays
7. Black Bin Bags
8. Lots Of Duck Tape
12. Jars/Other Containers
13. Bottle/Film Openers
14. Chemical Disposal Area
15. A Extra Room
16. A dark Area For Chemicals
17. A Keep Out Sign
Step 2: Paper Developing Trays
You will need about 4 of these trays. Any size will work but remember you will need more chemicals for a larger tray. Also remember to clean out your trays or they will end up brown like the one pictured above.
Step 3: Paper Developing Tank
You can get big or small ones, i would recommend a smaller one unless you are using a lot of film.
Step 4: Enlargers
You can get meany different ones but they all should work the same. I use a vintage one and a modern one. Ask your school if they have any or look for them at yard sales.
Step 5: Chemicals
You will need quite a lot of chemicals for your dark room. The chemicals are: Developer, Hypo Clear, Fixer and a stop bath. All chemicals should last forever expect the developer.
Step 6: Used Chemical Area
You will need a area to put your used chemicals. This are is mainly to keep the used chemicals confined and away from the fresh chemicals. A small pan and some containers can be used for this.
Step 7: Film Openers
All you need is some bottle openers for this.
Step 8: Blacking Out Windows and Reflective Areas
You can use black bags, boxes and duck tape for this.
Step 9: Power!
You will need a lot of outlets i used about 6. if your darkroom does not have outlets of it own you can simply run an extension cord from your house.
Step 10: Dark Room Lights
These are cheap and work well. You should only need 1 or 2. DO NOT MAKE YOUR OWN, i did this with spray paint and it did not work at all.
Step 11: Instructions and Keep Out Sign
Always have instructions pined on the wall, and a keep out sign hanging by the door.
Step 12: Tips and Tricks
1. You can dispose of chemicals for free in most states
2. Only use dark room lights
3. Ask around for a free enlarger
4. All chemicals except developer should last forever.
5. Make sure every bit of light is gone.
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