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Developing the image

Three chemicals are used to develop the photographic paper to get it ready to be taken out into the light.

The first chemical you place the paper in is the developer. This makes the image appear on the paper, and in the red light, you can usually see it slowly appear on the paper. This is my favourite part of the process, as it is always quite satisfying. You usually have to have the paper in the developer between 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Different brands of chemical usually advise different timings, but I usually let my eyes do the work. When I can see the image is the way I want it, I take it out, whether that be after 10 seconds, or 5 minutes.

Next you place the paper into the stop chemical. This prevents the image on the paper from becoming any darker. Some people use water instead, which tends to work just as well. You only need to place the paper in the stop/water between 10-30 seconds.

The next step is an extremely important one. You place the paper into the fix chemical. This fixes the image on the paper and prevents white light from ruining it. The paper needs to be in the fix usually for at least 5 minutes. If it isn't given enough time, once the photo is taken out into the light, it will start to brown and can fade.

The last step is to wash the photograph in clean water for at least 5 minutes. This is another important step, as although the fix is what protects the paper from the light, if left on the paper, it will brown it itself.

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