15 Resources for Developing Your Own Film

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There are so many benefits to developing your own film. Not only can it be cost saver over sending film out to a lab, it also gives you more control over your images and frees you up to experiment with your film photography.

But venturing into the world of film developing can also be really overwhelming!

You might have a lot of questions, a bit of uncertainty about the process, or no idea where to start. So we gathered up 15 of our favorite film developing resources to help you out!

These tutorials include step-by-step tutorials for developing your film (b&w and color!), FAQs to answer all of your questions, and more. We even have some resources for scanning your negatives and alternative developing processes.

So dive in and you’ll be developing your own film in no time!

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15 Resources for Developing Your Own Film
15 Resources for Developing Your Own Film
15 Resources for Developing Your Own Film

How to Develop Your Own Film: The Basics

These articles cover the basics of how to get started developing your own film at home.

They include supply lists, walkthroughs of the process, and the answers to common questions you might have when you start developing.

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A Few Advanced Developing Topics

Ready to take your developing to the next level?

These resources cover some of the more advanced topics you may want to tackle after you have the basics down, like how to push your film and if you should branch out and try a new developer.

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Scanning Your Film Negatives

Once you start developing your own film, you’ll also need to find a process for scanning your film.

Here are a few helpful articles about different ways to scan your negatives and tips for getting the scans you want.

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Alternative Developing Process

If you love experimenting with film, this section is for you! Learn to develop in unconventional chemicals and more!

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We hoped this collection of resources has encouraged you to start developing your own film!

Leave any questions you have below in the comments, and you can check out all of our film photography tutorials here.

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Kathleen Frank

Kathleen Frank is the founder of Shoot It With Film. Find her other articles here, such as 5 35mm Film Cameras for Beginners and 5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras.

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Thank you for providing so many great resources! After reading Amy’s article about developing color film at home, I immediately purchased everything she recommended, and I cannot wait to develop and scan my first roll of C-41!

That is so excited! Cannot wait to see your first roll of C-41!!!

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