- Spiral-bound: 163 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (January 4, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240802772
- ISBN-13: 978-0240802770
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Film Developing Cookbook (Darkroom Cookbook, Vol. 2) Spiral-bound – January 29, 1999
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Review of The Darkroom Cookbook:
"The Darkroom Cookbook is destined to become a classic. For anyone working in black-and-white it is a must have."--Shutterbug, September 1996
"This elegant, user-friendly book clearly provides the photo-chemical information necessary for the photographer to be in control of his or her black and white film developing. I cannot praise the writing and design of The Film Developing Cookbook highly enough." - Journal of the Print World
"...this is a very important publication for every fan of the darkroom. You'll learn huge amounts of stuff about photographic processes."
Photographic processing is a chemical process. While it is not necessary to know anything about chemistry, it is necessary to understand what photographic chemicals do, and why. The Film Developing Cookbook will help photographers acquire a working knowledge of photographic chemistry that is relevant to black and white film developing and serve as a reference and refresher for photographers at all stages of their skill.
This companion to The Darkroom Cookbook will help photographers become familiar with different developer formulas for achieving a wide range of pictorial effects, and teach them how to mix and use photographic solutions from scratch-even to create new ones. Many of the developing formulas and archival fixing solutions contained in The Film Developing Cookbook have never before been presented.
Topics covered in this manual include:
· Developer ingredients
· Types of developers
· Speed increasing
· Mixing and storing stock solutions
· Stop baths, fixers, and washing
· Chemical and equipment suppliers
· Recommended development time for hundreds of films and developers
From the Publisher
The Film Developing Cookbook specifically addresses the difficult subject of T-grain film development. It includes rarely found information on film development and the nature of film developers. The authors take bold and controversial stances on many widely accepted film developing dogmas. They tackle many of the widely accepted "myths" of film development. They reject the trend toward "scientific evaluation" of films and developers in favor of the photographer developing a personal aesthetic without relying exclusively on densitometry or H&D curves.
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A background in chemistry would be helpful, but not necessary, but without it, you may glaze over a bit in places.
My biggest criticism with this book is its complete lack of figures. A photo demonstrating grain and acutance like Adams includes in "The Negative" would be helpful, as well as density curves indicating the effects of different developers. Because of this ommision, I would recommend that someone read "The Negative" before reading this book to fill in the gaps.
I've run through about 75 feet of Tech Pan film trying out how to develop it using Xtol. Following Ansel Adams' advice in his book "The Negative" turned out to be a mistake, in this case. I was making my negatives way too dense. Anschell and Troop explained why this is, in their chapter on "Document Films". This covers Tech Pan, amongst other similar films. After having read through the book, I revised my working temperature, diluted Xtol to 1+5, changed my agitation style, changed from an acid stop bath to water, and got the fantastic results that I had sought for so long! It's also worked for other offbeat films like Kodak 5302 Positive release film for the B&W slide fans like myself (using Polymax 1+2). If you REALLY want to know what you're doing, and want to save tons of time and money from wasteful trial and error, get this wonderful book. It's really improved my results!
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the only downside is that it is outdated in terms of new emulsions. Waiting for the next edition.