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My name is Dave Steingass and I recently purchased what I thought was a decent 35mm camera to do what I've always wanted to do...dabble in photography. I will be honest and tell you that I don't have a clue of how everything works except for the operation of my camera and some creativity. I have questions regarding development of film. Again, I know nothing of this subject and would appreciate some advice on where to begin. I am a system administrator at my company which is a commercial printing company, and have access to a permanent darkroom with running water, electricity, red and green lights, etc...

-- Dave Steingass (, November 30, 1998


You should be able to find books on developing and printing at any library. Alot of info. comes with your B/W film, and on the packages of developer. If you buy a film developing tank, and practice loading it, in the dark, you have won half the battle. All you need is the tank, thermomter, chemicals, DEVELOPER-STOP BATH-FIXER, and some storage bottles and a good timer or watch with a second hand. Follow the directions that came with the film or the developer you are using.

-- Ron Suttora (, December 21, 1998.

Thank you for the advice, it is WELL appreciated. However, because of the admin notice, I will not post anymore "Off- Topic" posts. I understand that my large 2kb or so of text is surely putting a strain on valuable server resources,and wasting valuable time that could be used "making money". I wouldn't want Photographers rates going up because of competition with possibly another budding photographer so by all means......forgive me.

-- Dave Steingass (, December 22, 1998.


The reason I'm trying to limit off-topic posts is not to put a strain on the server, obviously. The reason for this forum is for photographers to share ways to build their business and--yes--to make money. So the strain is not on my server, it is on their time, which shouldn't be devoted to deciding which posts are relevant to marketing their businesses and which are not.

I'll be happy to provide pointers to forums and newsgroups that are more about the how-to aspect of photography for anyone who needs them.


-- Mason Resnick (, December 22, 1998.

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