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You Can Develop Film With Coffee and Vitamin C

Developing Photos With Vitamin C and Coffee: It Can Be Done

While coffee and oranges sound like my ideal breakfast, this eye-opening combo apparently has another, technical use — developing film!

The geeks at Photojojo have created a tutorial for those times when you can't get to the nearest Walgreens and must develop some film, but happen to have some coffee and Vitamin C on hand.

Basically, you make a developer with instant coffee and Vitamin C powder, create a faux-dark room, and you're off. I've never developed film myself, but with my recent interest in vintagey, plastic lomo cameras, I might have a geek project on my hands.

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witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
devils is right. fixer is really bad for the water systems. you have to dispose of it properly our school has signs all over the place about dumping fixer in this huge plastic drum.
devils devils 8 years
Actually after reading the link w/ the directions....you still need fixer. not only is that probably hard to find in some areas, it needs to be disposed of properly. Dang. Guess I won't be doing this after all...
devils devils 8 years
I just found something to do this weekend XD lol. I definitely want to try this out... too bad its for B&W. The color chemicals is what kills you, not just the B&W developing chemicals. I definitely have to try this though!!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Very interesting...
Amandaletta Amandaletta 8 years
This approach will also save you from the ailments that afflict photographers who use actual chemicals (migraines, dizziness, nausea etc.) Gosh, I can't even set foot in a darkroom without feeling like death.
Amandaletta Amandaletta 8 years
Well if I still shot film I'd be very interested in this. But film is such a pain in the butt and developing it yourself is no easy task, even with coffee and vitamin c. Be careful actually prying apart the film canister, because you have to do this in the dark you may hurt yourself prying the top off. I stabbed myself and bled all over the place a couple times trying to open a film canister in a darkbag (alternative to sitting in a dark room making sure no light gets in..you just stick your arms in the sleeves and do your film stuff)
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
The flickr pool is pretty impressive! I've never heard of this, but it definitely sounds like a fun project to try out. (Plus, it's way cheaper than using a "real" darkroom.)
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