Pictorial Planet

Welcome to Pictorial Planet

A website dedicated to the art of Black and White Film Developing and Photography

by John Finch

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Old Building : Altyre Estate, Moray, Scotland
Processed in DiXactol Ultra

My Book

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The Art of Black and White Developing, 350 pages, ring bound.

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

Re-written in 2021 the new 5th edition of
The Art of Black and White Developing is fully updated.

Now 16 years in print, this book has been fully updated 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!
Published by Lulu and available from the links below.

Buy now at:
U.K. Link

Worldwide Link
(Use this link if you live outside UK. This link calculates local postage for your country on checkout)

More info and book excerpts here!

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
@pictorialplanet@mastodon.world or like my page on facebook and share this resource with your friends. Better still become a Patreon and 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
Worldwide Link


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