I shoot film exclusively, so you already know I’m a glutton for punishment. But add in my love for the Diana Mini, an overpriced 35mm plastic camera that breaks a little too often, and you know I’m really crazy. But I truly do love it, and I’d love for you to fall in love with it, too…
I am the proud owner of two point and shoot film cameras, an Olympus Stylus Epic (also known as the Mju II in Europe) and the Yashica T4 Super. The Yashica T4 Super was a hand-me-down from my father-in-law, and I still can’t believe my luck that he happened to have this sweet camera in his stash (and that he gifted it to me!).
When I started self-developing my film I had so many questions, not just about the development process (which you can read about here for b&w film and here for color film), but also about the logistics involved. Can I reuse chemicals? For how long? How do I dispose of them? How should I store them?
I love light leaks so much that they’ve become a regular part of my work, both for personal work and for paid clients. Similar to grain, light leaks add depth, dimension, and layers to the film. The emotion of an image is ramped up every time light leaks are added. If you want to add light leaks to your film work but have no idea where to start, I’m here to help!
YOU DO NOT NEED A DARK ROOM TO DO THIS. You don’t even need a lot of space. You just need a sink and a changing bag. Once you get your film in the tank in your changing bag, it is light tight and can be worked with in daylight. The investment to do this is relatively minimal, will pay for itself before you know it, and the developing process is so much easier than you might think. So please read this article with the idea that you, too, can develop your own film at home!