Before the beginning of the digital photography, most people used 35mm film cameras. Along with these cameras, there is a photographic film that goes hand in hand with the camera. Let me ask young generation folks out there. Do you know what this is and how does it work? Well, let me try to explain this as simple as possible. Let me shed some light on this film developing process. I mean literally. Have you ever seen a white paper turn yellow after a few weeks later? The reason is the white paper is sensitive to light. When white color is exposed to light, it fades and turns to yellow. The photographic film works a similar way.
The photographic film is a sheet of a see-through plastic film base coated with some chemical compounds. There is an emulsion layer that has the gelatin and the silver halide crystals. The crystals are a very critical component because it changes the resolution and contrast of the film photographs. Also, there is a stable chemical, polymer. With these chemical components and how they react with lights, the photos can be developed. I forgot one more thing. There is another critical part. The film photos typically produced in dark rooms. As mentioned about the white paper, the films are developed by burning on this light-sensitive paper and rigorously going through the multiple chemicals.
It’s pretty cool. Isn’t it? How does it get applied in actual photography shooting situation? The film camera lens brings in the light onto the photographic film. The lens controls the exposure of how much light on the film. The aperture expands and lets the light passes through the diameter of the camera lens hole. It’s really about how much the light reflects through the film lens and gets burned in the film.
As you can imagine, developing these films can be very difficult at home. First, the room must be pitch dark. There should not be any light come through when you are developing these films. Second, most people would not carry the chemical components at home. Lastly, you have to be very patient to get these films developed. My suggestion is that you send it out to a vendor where they can simply do the job for you for a reasonable price. You can find some locations like CVS or Walgreens (Check the locations prior) to get the job completed for you. You can also find some mail in places where they can develop the film.
There is a film camera website that gives you this great information and tips how to get films developed. You can read about the options and let me know what you think it is the best option for an average Joe. Obviously, this is a lot more complicated than simple point & shoot with digital cameras and smartphones. There are great benefits of shooting with digital cameras. However, many enthusiastic photographers continue to choose analog cameras over digital cameras. Here are some reasons why. You can a very old rustic vintage look on photos. Film cameras are generally cheaper than the other options. The films can be developed in a fairly inexpensive way. I recommend that you give the film cameras try. Who knows you may pick up the film camera and become an expert one day with the knowledge of the photographic film development.