The natural next step for those who have been shooting on film for awhile is to attempt to develop some of their analogue shots themselves at home. In this latest video on OrmsTV, our YouTube channel, we go through a step-by-step tutorial on how to develop B&W 35mm film at home without a darkroom.

Developing 35mm film at home is a technical chemical process that requires precise timing and an organised workflow. In this video, we cover the whole procedure from start to finish, including:

  • the tools you will need to develop your film at home,
  • all the chemicals required for developing film,
  • how to place all your tools in the darkroom film changing bag,
  • how to safely remove your film from the casette
  • and how to develop B&W 35mm film at home.

You can find the full video with all the instructions HERE on our YouTube channel.


Are you intrigued by the idea of old-school film photography? A great place to start exploring your interest in the topic is this video made by our Video Content and Podcast Producer, Jess Semple, where she discusses why she sold her DSLR and chose to start shooting on a 40-year-old 35mm film camera. Jess discusses how she purchased a pristine condition analogue camera, why you should consider shooting film instead of digital and whether film or digital is better.

If you are ready to take the next step and actually start shooting on film, check out this post on Orms Connect where we offer our comprehensive guide for photography newbies who are getting into analogue. This post covers all the basics you need to know, including buying a vintage camera in South Africa, how to load 35mm film into your camera and a rapid-fire explanation of the exposure triangle so you can start shooting as soon as possible.