Equipment:

  • Cardboard box/tube with a lid
  • Couple sheets of photographic paper
  • One litre of Ilford Multigrade (Developer)
  • One litre of Ilford Rapid Fixer
  • Couple litres of water at 20 degrees
  • Tin foil
  • Black paint
  • Blu-tack
  • Pin
  • Dark Room

What to do:

  1. Firstly, you will need to cut a small square on one side of the cardboard box or tube, about 2cm by 2 cm should be fine.
  2. Next, you would want to paint the inside of the box or tube completely black so no light can get through onto the photographic paper.
  3. Thirdly, you would need to place a piece of tin foil over the small square and gently place a pin on the foil to make a tiny hole, this is now acting as a lens.
  4. Then, you would want to place the blu-tack and the photographic paper on the opposite side to the hole/square with the shiny bit facing towards the lens. And then place the lid back onto the box and place one finger over the hole as your finger is blocking the light and is also acting as a shutter.
  5. Next, go wherever you would like to take your picture, then take your finger off the hole and count until you get to seven seconds.
  6. Once you have finished counting make sure you place your finger back onto the hole and then go back into the dark room to start developing your photo.
  7. Take the lid of the box or tube and then place the paper into the first tray which should be developer leave for 20 seconds and your image should start to come through.
  8. Then place the paper into the second tray would should be just water which will stop the developer from developing anymore, leave this for 15 seconds.
  9. These next two stages are really important as you should then move your image into the fixer and leave this for a good five minutes for it to work correctly.
  10. Once the fixer is done you should then put the paper into the wash bath for a really good twenty minutes as this will the get rid of all the chemicals on the paper.
  11. After the twenty minutes is up, you can leave your image on the side or hang it up with some pegs for it to dry.
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