Although it may seem easy I have come to realize that developing and processing color film is not an easy task. For you to have a successful process, a lot of things have to go right. Here are some of the thing you need to consider.
- The developing chemicals have to be mixed right.
- Bath temperature needs to be correct for the chemical process to work
- Timing of the process is the most critical of all.
Once I have this in place and I have checked the temperature, I’m usually ready to start. I develop in batches i.e 5 to 6 rolls at once and usually try to develop the same film type. I’ve tried mixing different kind of film types in the past and I’ve had mixed results. So now, I just shoot with a batch of film from the same box and develop them together.
For processing, I use JOBO CPE2. My JOBO does not have the lift. So, I manually lift and empty the tank after each process in the step. I procure my processing chemical from Freestylephoto. After developing I store the spent chemicals and dispose of them at the local processing center in Austin. I try to avoid spilling down the drain.
I’ve had a lot of misses over the years while developing and I have not yet perfected it.. Still a work in progress.