Whether you are just starting out on your photography career or a professional one, the most important part of your work is in the darkroom set supplies you use. To be able to get the most out of your shots, you need to have all the necessary darkroom set supplies you can get.
Just so you know what darkroom equipment you need to have as a photographer, this article lists the most important ones you need to have in your possession.
As a photographer, it is not enough to rely on basic knowledge on photography. Photography is a broad subject and there are thousands of books written about it. One of the most important reference books you should have is a good book on proper darkroom procedures. Make sure these books are written clearly and contain easy to follow instructions.
One of the most important darkroom equipment is a film processing tank that is essential especially during development of films. There are two kinds of film processing tanks: the ones made from stainless steel and the ones made of plastic. Each kind has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Tanks made from stainless steel are more durable than plastic ones. They also conduct heat well especially when you try to control the temperature of the chemicals you use. However, there are drawbacks to using stainless steel tanks. First, if you are getting one with a steel cap, it is possible for the steel cap to freeze. Second, you might experience difficult when winding your film onto steel reels.
Plastic tanks tend to be a bit pricey. Also, the different brands of plastic tanks are only compatible with the same parts that also come from the same brand. The reels are usually adjustable and have aids that can help make loading the film a breeze.
Darkroom supplies include chemicals that are to be used for film development. There are different types of these chemicals:
Developers are what you need to be able to develop your film. You should remember, however, to store your developers in opaque or dark-colored containers since they are light-sensitive.
The most common chemical to be used as a stop bath is acetic acid. You would need this to lower the PH level of the developer.
Plain old fixers are the best type of fixers to use if you are a beginner.
Aside from the chemicals listed above, you would need some miscellaneous items in addition to the other darkroom equipment in this article.
A good investment and addition to your darkroom supplies is the fixer test solution. This can be used to test if the fixer you have is already spent.
These are light-tight bags where film can be safely stored in.
These are used to clear any residues of fixers on the prints.
This one reduces the water's surface tension on the film and makes it easier to remove the water from the film using a squeegee.
Safelights are one of the most important darkroom supplies since films can easily be affected by normal light. The best safelight to use is one that is not too dim and not too bright and designed especially for darkroom use.