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How are photographs produced from film negatives?

How are photographs produced from film negatives?

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Asked by G. Horace, Last updated: Nov 30, 2022

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E. Stanley

E. Stanley

E. Stanley
E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Aug 02, 2018

Negatives are something that have been thrown to the wayside with the innovations and the introduction of digital photography to today's world. When it came to producing photographs from film negatives back in the older years, a tedious and timely process was used. Producing photographs from negatives involved the use of a dark room and some kind of implementation of a silver based solution.

Major publications right on down to freelance and recreational photographers used some kind of dark room method in order to produce a photograph from negatives. With the introduction of the digital camera, film negatives have become a thing of the past. While 35mm cameras can still be purchased and the film along with it as well and the negatives from them are produced, more and more people are opting for digital cameras. The system though used to make photos from negatives was used for years and there are still some people out there who still practice this method.

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L. Sevigny

L. Sevigny

L. Sevigny
L. Sevigny, Doctor, Las Vegas

Answered Jul 26, 2018

Before the invention of digital cameras and print-your-own-photos at home, film photography is widely used by people. Printing or developing a photo from film negatives is a tedious task. One must have the right chemicals, the developer and the fixer that are needed. A developing tank is also a must-have to develop 35mm or 120 film.

A pitch black room is also a requirement when you will load the film into the developing tank. The chemicals will help to bring out the colors of the film and a specific instruction is included in every chemical brand. The negatives are rinsed with water and the negatives will be hung to dry.

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