How to Develop 35mm Film at Home (FAST & EASY)

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so this video of me talking about how

more people should be developing their

film at home instead of using disposable

film cameras got pretty popular on

tik-tok and I received a bunch of

comments from people asking me to make a

video about how I develop my film at

home so to introduce myself I'm will

Henson I'm a videographer film

photographer and music producer from

Central Florida if you're interested in

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followed you won't regret it the

chemicals that we're using can be

hazardous and safety should always be a

top priority when developing don't

develop around anyone else especially

kids pets old people or anyone for that

matter these chemicals can burn your

skin and you don't want to inhale them

so you want to make sure that you're

doing this in an area with good

ventilation so you've shot your film

you're ready to develop here's some of

the things you're gonna need to pick up

first is the Paterson tank this is where

the magic happens it's a light proof

container that can hold two rolls a 35

millimeter film or one roll of 120 next

is the c41 kit this is the powder or

liquid form of your chemicals you've got

your developer flicks which stands for

bleach picks and your stabilizer links

for where to purchase these are in the

description below in addition you're

also gonna need a thermometer scissors

timer you can use your phone

bottle opener gloves and last but not

least a hell yeah attitude

step 1 is loading your film into the

spools now before you remove your film

from its container trim off the lead of

the film with scissors making sure not

to cut through the sprocket holes then

pull the remaining lead back into the

canister make sure you load and complete

darkness as your film is sensitive to

light pry open the film canister from

the bottom using the bottle opener and

load the film onto the spool under the

two tabs there are two little metal

pieces that grab the film at the

sprocket holes and you load the entire

roll using a back-and-forth twisting

motion sometimes you have to cut the

roll from the very end and other times

it pulls right off depending on the

brand of film once you put the light

proof lid back on you can

turn on the lights I highly recommend

that you take a blank roll of cheap film

and you practice loading the film into

the canister with the lights on if you

try and force it sometimes you can crimp

the film and honestly I've messed up a

lot of roles during this step and

nothing is worse than having to do

damage control when the lights are off

and remember practice always makes

perfect next you're gonna warm the

developer in the blix up to exactly a

hundred and two degrees you can just run

hot water from your tub over the bottles

for a few minutes to heat them up these

Walmart bottles are perfect because I

can pop the top to check the temperature

once you're at 102 or really close the

developer is gonna go in for three and a

half minutes agitate for five seconds

every 30 seconds and remember you don't

need to go crazy with this just a good

little spin using the agitator is

perfectly fine remember the developer is

the chemical you cannot contaminate if

so much as one little tiny drop of soap

or blix gets into your developer it'll

ruin the entire batch for me each

chemical gets its own funnel and I wash

my thermometer constantly during the

entire process times up support your

developer back into its container if

your chemicals are near the end of their

life you can soak them in a little bit

longer to make up for it now it's time

for the Blitz now this is the most toxic

chemical so make sure not to stand

directly over this because you don't

want to inhale this stuff this is gonna

go in for six and a half minutes still

agitating for five seconds every 30

seconds and remember this is the stuff

you don't want to spill it'll burn your

skin and stain your countertops when

you're done pour it back into the

container and congratulations the most

difficult part of the process is now


hold your breath there kids

now we have to watch the film do this

using warm running water between 95 and

105 degrees for three minutes to rinse

all your chemicals off your film next we

pour in the stabilizer and this goes in

at room temperature so no need to warm

it up the instructions say to leave it

in for thirty Seconds to a minute and I

really just wish they had picked one of

those two numbers because a factor of

two seems like a lot but whatever now

it's time for the moment of truth open

up the Paterson tank and see if you've

got images be careful when pulling the

film off the spool because again you

don't want to crimp your film now you

can hang your film up to dry I'll let it

hang for at least an hour and

congratulations you've now done in one

hour what it would take two weeks to do

if you were gonna send your film off to

get developed and scanned remember this

process has a lot of room for error it's

gonna take patience and it's gonna take

practice in order to get better at it

you might miss a couple rows oh I've

ruined rolls of film that took weeks to

shoot during the development process

before and yeah at first it's crushing

but it makes you better at what you do

it makes you take the process a little

bit more seriously and once you get the

hang of it you're gonna save yourself a

lot of time and money depending on how

much you shoot developing at home is not

only cost effective over time but the

entire process of film photography is

much more intimate than shooting digital

you can't just hold your shutter down

and take a thousand photos and then pick

the best one afterwards this process

requires you to be diligent with your

framing and exposure as you're only

limited to 36 shots per roll then not to

mention you have to go through the

entire developing process it's a lot of

work but there's a great feeling of

accomplishment when you pull the film

off the spool and look at those

negatives once your films dry there's a

couple different ways that you can

digitize them and get them to your

computer some people like to take photos

with their digital cameras of the film I

use the Epson v600 scanner it comes with

these templates that perfectly hold your

film and the software that's gonna

correct it and scan it properly

so thanks for watching this video

hopefully you've learned a little bit

and have been at

somewhat inspired to shoot and develop

film on your own if you did I'd really

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for watching again and until next time