I've just returned from one of the most fun and enlightening workshops in a long time. Ten analog photographers filling roll after roll after roll of film and trying out over nine different developers, comparing notes and results. Heaven!
Seriously, this was a ton of fun and sitting in on Michael's lectures, even I learn a lot of new things every time. It was the first workshop in the new building of Spürsinn. They are our friends and they are some of the most savvy analog photography people that I've ever met. Even though they are just in the middle of moving their business, they still made sure everything for the workshop was there, that we had a great room to teach in - and an even greater room (the future dark room) to play with what analog photographers like to call soup. Thanks guys!!
We did what most film photographers would like to do at home, but most don't have the time to do: we tested what different developers do in combination with different films, different light situations and even different cameras. Rodinal, T-Max, XTol, Spur SD2525, Spürsinn MixTour, A49, Cafenol, .. the list gets longer each time I do a re-count.
Not only did we test all different sorts of combinations to our heart's content, and not only did we experience how different developers (and developing times, temperatures, agitation rhythms, ...) influence the development results, the participants also learned more about why those results differ and how they can use this knowledge to get to the desired results in the future.
More about the workshops here
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