Step 5:

You are now ready to hang your film for drying.

You will have to find a dust free environment, and often the bathroom or shower is the best place.


Preparation:

Before you hang up the film, there are a few things I recommend you do.

If you want to hang your film up in the bathroom like I do, then bring the following to the bathroom.

  1. Masking tape

  2. Stapler

  3. Large metal office clip

  4. Film tank with the soapy water still inside.


Paste the masking tape around the shower curtain rail, or anything similar to it, and then back onto itself.

As illustrated in the picture, this is where you can hang your film.

Open up the developing tank, and gently blow away any remaining bubbles. There should be no bubbles around when removing the reel from the soapy water.




Hanging the film to dry:

Remove the reel from the tank, and if you can, place it horizontally across the opening of the tank, with the film end up. Grab the film end and pull it slightly out of the reel. Now clip the heavy office clip to it, and drag it out completely.

Just before the film completely comes off the reel, grab that side of the film and hang it up. Let the side with the clip hang free, taking care not to have it rub against anything, and then staple the film onto the masking tape. The metal office clip is supposed to be heavy enough to counter the film’s natural curl. If you have something that works better, then by all means, use it.


Give the film a few hours to dry. Feeling the bottom of the film is the best indicator whether a film is dry or not.

If it’s wet or still sticky, let it dry some more.


Once dry, do as you please with it.

Sleeve it into neg sleeves, scan it, or cut them up for archival storage.

I try and scan my images while they are still hanging. It provides the best quality negatives with regards to dust and scratches. After scanning, I throw away the rejects and archive the keepers.




More images will follow soon, since I didn’t develop an actual roll of film, for this demonstration.

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