Yes, I processed my first ever color film. Not only is it the first time I process it, but it’s also the first time I shot color film. And I must admit, I really enjoyed it. It’s a bit more stressful than processing black and white film but it’s worth it.
How I did it
I ordered a Tetenal C-41 kit on Fotoimpex and got started. Everything you need to know is already on the internet and even written in a small manual you get with your kit, so I won’t explain it once more.
Here’s how it looked before and during the process :
The most important thing is : Make sure your chemicals are at 38 C when you use them and that you always have everything you need within reach ! I would also write the times and agitations down just to always be able to look at it quickly.
Taking the roll out
It all went way better than I expected it to. Especially since I shot a film that was expired since 2005 (Kodak Gold 100). That’s also why some pictures were unusable because of the grain. Nevertheless some of them came out pretty nice.
And yes, I store my chemicals in PET-Bottles. I think it’s one of the best ways to do it, since you can squeeze the air out, which will make your chemicals last longer.
The colors in some of the pictures are a bit hazy but I think that’s due to the old film.
The weather was perfect…
No, she was not shouting at me…. in case some of you wonder 😉
Even pigeons sometimes need a snack !
Hope you like the results. At least I do. Quite glad they came out acceptable even if it was the first time I did it. Does anyone of you have any tips for color processing ? Let me know if you do !
I did really enjoy developing my first ever color film and I will continue doing it in the future. Not only is it extremely fun, it also saves you a lot of money if you do it on your own. With this kit, I think you could do 17-20 rolls of film which equals around 1.2 euros per roll.. Compared to 5-7 euros if you get it done in a professional lab. So if someone would ask me if I will do it again : Yes I would.
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to ask.
Thanks a lot for reading !