Pictorial Planet

Welcome to Pictorial Planet
A website dedicated to the art of Black and White Developing

Created by John Finch

Follow the menus to read articles on Black and White processing and other darkroom topics.


How often does a new book on film and paper developing get published?

John Finch has just launched his new 5th edition of
The Art of Black and White Developing.

Now in its 16th year, this book has been fully updated yet again to be
your film and darkroom developing bible.

Full of great tips, the very best formulas and how to make them, use them, get the best from them. The best ECO formulas, Stopping and Fixing, film, paper. Pyro, metol, phenidone developers! Pushing, pulling, agitation, correct exposure, archival workflow, darkroom, the list goes on. 510-Pyro, Pyrocat, MQ, PQ, Crawley's best formulas, replenishment. This book has the definitive answers to so many of the questions you have.

Now 350 pages of developing goodness!

Buy now at:
U.K. Link
Worldwide Link (calculates local postage on checkout)

More info and book excerpts here!

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About this site:

My name's John Finch. I am the owner of Pictorial Planet and the author of The Art of Black and White Developing.

I've been a darkroom enthusiast since my father taught me darkroom work at eight. From the age of ten he had me making developers, stops, fixers and toners. Since then I've been a professional soldier, aircrewman, photographer, film maker, film director, writer, training designer, and facilitator.

Throughout my life, the thing I've enjoyed the most, is sharing my passion with other photographers. To that end I published my first book (
The Black and White Developing Workshop) in 2005 to share with others my experiences.

So far my book has been updated five times and now covers all things developing in the darkroom (as well as lots of photography tips). Why not follow me on
Twitter, like my page on facebook and share this resource with your friends. Better still buy my book to support this website.
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A couple of years after this was taken I was developing film!
I never stopped :)

An outstanding integration of wisdom, wit and practical information. A must read…
David M

Fifth edition - Available now:
U.K. Link
U.S. Link


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