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Mark O’Brien demo’s the FPP’s new Monobath

This has got to be the easiest way to process black and white film! Just the monobath, permawash, and water! Develop, stop, fix, all in one.

Available here:
Darkroom Supplies – FPP Super Monobath BW Developer (1 Liter)

Mark O’Brien’s Blog:
http://randomphoto.blogspot.com/

old boat and pier

Kayaking and Film Photography

What happens when you want to take film photos in places that are bad for cameras? In my example my wife and I went kayaking in a cove on Drummond Island, Michigan and I wanted to take some film shots. In this scenario there’s a LOT that can go wrong and ruin a camera. Ever try to keep your balance while taking a photo in a kayak? It’s not that easy. Water can get in the kayak, you can flip over, there’s lots of camera-terminal contingencies one can imagine.


My solution, read more

When should you shoot film?

If you’re a film shooter chances are extremely high you’re also a digital shooter. Heck, with a camera in every cell phone it’d be difficult not to be. As one goes clicking about in their normal, everyday, life suddenly film photography can take on an increased value. After all it does cost money to shoot film! This extra consideration if unchecked can lead to a paralysis in film shooting. The FPP calls read more

Developing Your Own Film – KISS

Mark F. O’Brien, Guest Blogger

KISS- Keep It Simple, Stupid. A piece of advice that was often used by engineers. I first learned how to develop my own b&w film in the early 1970s, as I was in an informal photo class in my high school. My first self-developed film was Kodak Plus-X from my Instamatic camera, and yes, i still have those negatives. It would be another 25 years before I was developing my own film again, and that first whiff of fixer brought it all back to me. Enthused read more

The Film Photography Project

The Film Photography Project and Podcast

Either Way it’s the FPP! In a recent podcast I was listening to, the cast remarked that the FPP is underground and nobody writes about them, Will I’m aiming to change that.

I’ve been following the FPP for quite a while. I was first introduced to the FPP by contributor Mat Marrash at the 2011 Photostock. He interviewed me and others and we were featured in Episode read more

Darkroom DIY Panoramic Negative Carrier


I first ran into this problem when I was shooting with the 35mm pano back on my Bronica SQa. I figured it’s the same length as a 6×6 fame, just a different height. I found extremely difficult to print 35mm panoramic (24mmx55mm) negatives in a 6×6 negative carrier. The reason why is coming up in a second. The solution was to get a panoramic negative carrier for my Beseler 23C.

Fast forward a few years and I make the exact same assumption and mistake when I got a Holga 120Pan Which read more

How to use a print scale.

A print scale, sometimes also called a step wedge, is a darkroom tool that can make your workflow more consistent and efficient. A step wedge is functionally similar to a print scale but has a slightly different purpose.

Normally to determine the proper exposure of a print you make a test print. This is done after you frame, focus, stop down the enlarger lens, and turn off the not-safe lights. You’d then get a piece of light sensitive paper and a board. You’d set the timer for 1 read more