Stand Development PDF Booklet


Stand Development might be all the rage, but can you measure the actual benefits it may bring to your photographic practice?

How to evaluate Stand Development under your conditions. This is a visual method using a graphic arts step-wedge tablet and is best suited for darkroom printers using diffused light enlarging sources and 4×5 sheet film cameras.

For less than a cup of coffee, a downloadable 23-page reference guide to Stand Development. It can be kept on file or conveniently on your phone.


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Table of Contents

  • What is Stand Development? 4
  • What I Found Was Impressive 5
  • The Problems With Reduced Development 5
  • Treading Where Others Have Gone Before 6
  • How Does Stand Development Work? 6
  • What Do Stand Development Negatives Look Like? 7
  • Using Step Wedges For Tonal Comparison 8
  • Test 1 Continuous Agitation Normal Development LC29 at 10 min 9
  • Test 2 Stand Development LC29 at 30 min 9
  • Test 3 Stand Development FOMA R09 at 30 min 10
  • Test 4 Continuous Agitation N-2 Development LC29 at 6 min 11
  • Visual Check for Print Values 11
  • Comparison of the High Values 12
  • Comparison of the Low Values 13
  • Summary 15
  • Troubleshooting 16
  • Use Sufficient Volumes 16
  • Calculating Film Developer Capacity 17
  • Pre-Soaking Film 18
  • Uneven Edge Development 19
  • Bromide Drag 20
  • Air Bells and Film Reel Contact 21
  • Temperature Control. 22
  • References 22
  • Questions and Comments 23

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