CineStill Cs6 Is Aiming to Replace Professional Labs for Slide Film

Quite literally, CineStill is claiming that you won’t need a professional photo lab with their new CineStill Cs6.

CineStill has a huge claim with its latest release today. CineStill is coming out with its new CineStill Cs6 Creative Slide 3-Bath Process. “There’s no longer a need for a darkroom, professional lab or high-tech equipment to create analog photographs,” states the press release. “You can now create beautiful color transparencies at home through one simple process.” In development for a few years, the kit and the other products being announced today could indeed change things for film photographers everywhere. Though we haven’t heard good things about some of their other chemicals, we’re pretty curious about the new Cs6.

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CineStill Launches ºCs “Temperature Control System” to Simplify at Home Film Development

At home film developers, ready your wallets – CineStill’s newest tool will be available for purchase starting next month.

Experienced film photographers would opt for at home film development since it’s more practical and, in the long run, cheaper than always going to photo labs. However, one of its trickier aspects is keeping the chemistry at a certain temperature throughout the entire process.

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Developing Color Films at Home is Easier than You Think

Screenshot image from the video by Jonathan Notley

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to develop your own color negative films at home but feel it’s too complicated, There are actually plenty of resources out there that will tell you it’s actually pretty easy. Part of the misconception is brought by the fact that it needs three chemicals (developer, bleach, fixer, or developer, bleach + fixer, stabilizer) instead of two (developer and fixer) for black and white developing. To show you how it’s easier than you think, English photographer Jonathan Notley has recently made a video tutorial for developing color films using Tetenal Colortec C41 chemicals.

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Film’s Comeback Inspires New Darkroom At Deakin University

Image via Deakin University

It is not every day that you hear about new darkroom facilities being built at Universities (or anywhere else), in fact it is quite the opposite, with many being shut down for lack of use or poor conditions. But that may start to change, or at least it is at Deakin University where Film’s recent comeback (of sorts) has inspired the construction of brand-new darkroom facilities for their photography students.  Continue reading…

This is How You Develop Film

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Why spent $7-$15 dollars to get a single roll developed at a professional lab when you can develop your films at home yourself at less than half the cost? If you’re a film shooter like some of us here at the Phoblographer and if you like to shoot a couple of rolls during a portrait session or a good few when you’re travelling, paying for film development might just burn a hole in your pocket.

Film development is not cheap. And let’s face it, it’s getting even pricier these days – with many film labs closing all over the world, there’s considerably less competition and those that are left are getting an even greater demand as more and more people rediscover film so they can jack up the rates if they want.

This is why I always encourage my fellow film shooters to develop their own films. Not only is it cheaper, it gets a photographer to be more involved in the process of creating his/her photographs. And best of all, it’s really a lot easier than people think – you can start learning on your own by watching YouTube video tutorials of it.

On their recent trip to Istanbul to teach a street photography workshop, photographers Eric Kim and Charlie Kirk both attended Istanbul-based photographer Taylan Bagci’s Workshop on Darkroom to get some good insights on the science of film development as well as printing.

Luckily for us, they were both kind enough to document their experience, which took a couple of hours, and share it in a five-part series. It’s another free and easily accessible resource on film development that both seasoned film developers and newbies can use to help with their developing and printing techniques.

So look, you can continue spending your hard-earned cash on paying labs to develop your rolls or you can at least look into learning the process and doing it yourself. I would recommend the latter.

Watch the first video from the workshop after the jump.

Via Eric Kim Street Photography Blog

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