This Book Will Teach You The Chemical Side of Film Development

As film becomes more and more a niche product the chances are higher and higher that at some point in the not so distant future, you may have to start developing your own film at home again if you do not do so already. The issue is since film has almost completely been replaced by digital, resources for learning to develop your own images in a darkroom is harder to find than you might think.

Enter ‘Darkroom Secrets’ a book currently being funded on IndieGoGo which will take readers through the history of darkroom developing from its earliest forms up to more modern methods in use today. But beyond that, it dives into the chemicals and formulary needs to develop film on your own, without reliance on store-bought developers.


“The book will include all the recipes for film developers, photo paper developers, fixers, and toners. [The] Classic process of the following companies: Ansco, Dassonville, Defender, Du Pont, Kodak, Haloid, Agfa, Ilford and others,” the IndieGoGo Campaign page states, which should peek the interest of those who are dabbling in film but want to take it to another level.

In addition to those older, but more common techniques, the book will also dive into processes like Albertype, Calotype, Cyanotype, Heliotype, and Daguerreotype. If you have any interest at all in the chemical side of the film development process, this will no doubt be a resource that you want to invest in.

The book is already over 200% funded on IndieGoGo, but you can still throw your name into the campaign and get yourself a copy of the book for $52 if you are interested. The book is expected to start shipping around July of 2017.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.