Film Online resources for Film & Development information


Jan 2, 2011
The internet is awash with information, misinformation, fads, myths and false beliefs about film - how it should be exposed and, especially, how it should be developed.

Those new to film - perhaps particularly people who have come to film from digital without ever having used film in its heyday - might find the conflicting opinions splattered across various forums confusing, and conclude that film is a dark art, practised only by elderly men with chemical-stained hands and a degree in chemistry, or equally wrongly, that you can throw any old thing into the pot and it will work fine.

The truth is that, while the technicalities of film and development are quite amazingly complex in themselves, anyone with a few simple pieces of equipment, and who is able to do things methodically for ten minutes at a time, can successfully develop film without having to understand what two-electron sensitisation is or own a densitometer.

The links below were assembled for a sticky at APUG, and represent a set of resources from the major film manufacturers themselves (Ilford (Harman), Kodak and Fuji) that detail many of the ins and outs of film. Accordingly, I'm inclined to treat the information presented therein as having greater authority than that of some stranger who posts his (or, more rarely, her) opinions for public consumption.

I haven't tested all the links, so do PM me if any of them seem broken. The author of the original APUG post has given me permission to reproduce it here.

Lastly, can I just offer a quote from the saintly Roger Hicks:

""Photography sometimes attracts people with a very high opinion of their own expertise, and a predilection for bossing others about. Listen to some of them, and you will be amazed that silver halide photography ever succeeded at all, given that it is so difficult, complicated, and expensive. Except it isn't.

Processing film - basics

Processing - any level

Pathways to Black and White

Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts

Processing Kodak films

Darkroom design

Darkroom design for beginners

Safelights and testing

How safe is your safelight?
KODAK: How Safe Is Your Safelight? Important Facts

Printing - basics/beginner

Making Your First Black and White Print

Printing - any level

Contrast Control

Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts

Storage and care of materials before/after processing

Characteristics of films

ILFORD PHOTO - Characteristics (Science)

X-ray fog

Other and/or more advanced topics

ISO and Exposure Index

Basic Sensitometry Workbook

Specific Gravity and pH of Kodak Chemistry


Fuji tech data
For all films. Includes additional info. such as simplified definitions/explanations of MTF, RMS Granularity, Resolving Power.
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Sep 4, 2013
James Olivari
+1 in the Massive Development Chart. When we processed film commercially, we occasionally would get a weird European film to process. This resource almost always had the information we needed.

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