Basics of developing and printing
- A darkroom
- Photographic films
- Developing and fixing
- The specks
After taking pictures, irrespective of the type of camera and film used, the next obvious step is to see the result. This is possible by developing the film and making prints if the film is black-and-white or color negative. If a transparency film is used, then developing is necessary to get the slides which are to be used for publication or projection on a screen, to see the image in a much larger size.
[...] Developing and Fixing When the black-and-white film is processed, there are two main stages: developing, in which the picture image is brought out, and fixing, in which the image is made permanent (lasting). After each stage, the chemicals are thoroughly washed off. The specks grow When the developing chemicals are poured over the film, the specks of silver begin to grow. Soon the specks of silver grow so big that we can see where they are. Where there are many silver specks, the picture is dark, but where there are only a few, the picture is light. [...]