The Film Developing Cookbook Vol. 2 helps photographers acquire a working knowledge of photographic chemistry that is relevant to black and white film developing. It serves as a reference and refresher for photographers at all stages of their skill. It will help you to become more familiar with different developer formulas for achieving a wide range of pictorial effects, and teach you how to mix and use photographic solutions from scratch!Softcover, 163 pages ISBN: 9780240802770
Bill Troop is the principal author of "The Film Developing Cookbook", in print continuously since 1998, and widely considered to be the standard contemporary work on black and white film processing and chemistry. An expanded 2nd edition was published in November 2019 and a French translation was published in 2021.
As a chemist, he has designed products for Photographers' Formulary, Inc., including TF-4, the first alkaline fixer for black and white film and papers to be sold, and TD-3, a film developer which was reported to provide superior speed and dynamic range and lower grain in the category of low contrast film developers designed for high contrast films such as Kodak Technical Pan and similar. TF-4's use as a helpful adjunct to tanning developers was discussed in detail by Gordon Hutchings in "The Book of Pyro"  Alkaline fixing for black and white silver halide films and printing papers was considered revolutionary when Troop introduced it. Though still controversial, it has since become a recognized technique in photographic processing as it offers reduced washing times, increased archival stability, and reduced environmental impact. Troop published the first formulas for alkaline fixers, and several manufacturers now produce them.
This book will help you to acquire a relevant knowledge of black and white photographic chemistry and processing as easy as possible. An up-to-date manual for photographic film development techniques. This book concentrates on films, their characteristics, and the developers each requires for maximum control of the resulting image.
When this book was conceived in 1980, photographic engineering was still an important field. But by 1982 photographic manufacturers were moving from traditional silver halide science to digital as fast as they could. They laid off thousands of photographic scientists and replaced them with electrical engineers and computer scientists. I had counted on seeing a lot of fundamental research completed before I finished my book: research into new developers, new films, and new fixing tech niques. This was never to be. It was a depressing time for photography! 2b1af7f3a8