Darkroom Equipment: A Beginner’s Guide

Photographs can be processed in two ways. black & white and color.  All of the photography was originally black and white or called monochrome. After the introduction of color photography still the black and white continue to dominate over it for decades because it is cheap and it classic photographic look.

yashicaThere are various purposes keeping in mind one could engage himself into photography profession. Amateur photography, such photography reflects one’s hobby about taking pictures. It is just for fun not for selling and all that means no business motive involved. The quality of photographs by some amateur photographers is high comparable to that of many professionals. Commercial photography is clearly best defined as any photography in which a photographer is rewarded for images he has taken. In this small money could be given for the purpose of the photograph or the photograph itself.

A darkroom is simply a dark area where you can handle your film without exposing it to any light. For those just getting started in photography, this usually means converting a small area of the home to help setup your very own darkroom. But once you know what room you’re going to use, what darkroom equipment are you going to need?

Starter Kits

A darkroom starter kit is for those who want to save time. It can provide you with all the equipment you’ll need to get going and start producing photos. However, if you do have time, then it can be well worth looking at the darkroom equipment separately.

Processing Tanks

When shopping for your darkroom equipment, the first things you’re going to need are processing tanks. When you have roll film to be developed, you place them into a reel in the dark, place it in a light-tight tank and then continue other work in the daylight as your film is protected from the light.

The most popular choices of material are plastic and stainless steel. The latter is the most durable choice, as plastic may crack or break more easily. However, it’s up to you what to choose for your needs and your budget.


Next, it’s time to buy the chemicals that will allow you to process your film. These come in liquid and powder form, the latter of which is often cheaper, but you need to be safe and only use powder in a well-ventilated area.

When you’re not using the chemicals, you’ll need jugs or bottles to store them in. Chemicals are sensitive to light, so it’s important not to store them in opaque containers. The chemicals will also go bad from the oxygen in the air if you leave them for too long. Some people choose to use smaller containers to help avoid this, or you could choose containers specially designed to get rid of the oxygen before you seal them.

Stop Bath

The last thing you’re going to need for your darkroom is a stop bath – this lowers the pH level of the solution, to halt the process of developing the photo. You can use water to do this, but it’s not the most efficient method. Acetic acid is the most popular choice, with a pH level of around 3.

butterflyIt might look like you need a lot for darkroom equipment! It might take time in the beginning, but once you’re set up, you’ll have everything you need to develop all the photographs you want.