What is Stand Development?
If by chance you have not heard of stand development, it involves using a highly dilute developer with minimal agitation and long processing times. Initially, it may sound like a great recipe for a film-developing disaster. But you might be surprised at the results and potential benefits.
Now there are plenty of online forums spruiking stand development. They have even gone as far a coining the term modified stand development. But there is little information giving objective measurements.
So, I thought I’d explore stand development to see if I could quantify its effects using my own materials and procedures. I conducted a series of simple film density tests designed to see what happens to the light and dark parts of the negative respectively.
This popular article has been recently revised and now includes a section on troubleshooting. It is now available as a convenient downloadable PDF file that you can keep on file or mobile, so it can be referred to easily.
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This is a visual check that uses graphic arts step-wedge. It can be completed with just 2 sheets of 4×5 film and no densitometers. A downloadable 16-page reference guide to Testing Film Speed. It can be kept on file or conveniently on your phone.
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