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Developing Color Negatives (C-41) at Home

Develop Film at Home C41

In the last post, I went over the materials needed to develop color negatives at home.  I finally developed my first few batches and it wasn’t so bad.  The process was actually therapeutic.  I made my mixes in a 1 Liter measuring cup and then transferred the mixes to a storage bottle.  I will tell you to be careful with the blix.  It can get messy when mixing, transferring to the storage bottle, and during the agitations/inversions.  After doing an inversion with the blix, slowly open the top of the paterson tank just a little bit to release some of the built up pressure that is created from the inversions.

As far as the process, I just followed the directions that came with the Unicolor kit which are:
Step 1: Pre-Soak: 1 minute in 102°F water
Step 2: Developer: 3.5 minutes in 102°F water: Continuous agitation for first 10 sec, then 4 inversions every 30 sec after
Step 3: Blix: 6.5 minutes in 95°F – 105°F water: Continuous agitation for first 10 sec, then 4 inversions every 30 sec after
Step 4: Wash: 3 minutes under 95°F – 105°F running water
Step 5: Stabilizer: 30 sec to 1 minutes in water at room temperature: Agitate for first 15 seconds
Step 6: Dry: I squeegee the film, and hang it for 45 minutes to let it dry

Below are some photos taken during the process and the outcome of some of the negatives.

Here are some of the photos that were developed with the C-41 Kit.  I used an Epson v600 to scan the negatives.  This was my first time scanning negatives (meaning this is the first scanner I have used), so I don’t know how it compares to other scanners, but I’m pretty happy with the results.

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