labTimer 0.0.9

labTimer is a set of timer suited to black and white film processing.

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GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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Manuel Viet
ROOT \ Science
labTimer is a set of timer suited to black and white film processing. At the moment, the program can follow a basic sequence of development, fixing, and washing, with nice countdowns and reminders.

Self processing of black and white films is an unexciting, dull and tedious task. If you are here, you probably already know what I mean. Taking pictures, framing, sensing the light, choosing models and points of view is creative. Turning on the red light, making a contact sheet, selecting snapshots and printing a good negative with carefully forethought masking is creative. But between the shooting and the the proud display of the print, stands the prosaic duty of processing the film.

If you're so new to photography, or masochistic enough, as to wonder why, the answer is that film processing is done inside a dark, sealed, cylinder. From the moment you open the film canister in the complete darkness, until the end of the processing, you have zero opportunity to willingly influence the result. Therefore, processing is a completely "industrialized" process, where you have to follow blindly some procedures and just hope the result will match your expectations.

Don't misinterpret me ! During that process, there are numerous options to influence the outcome, but parameters cannot be chosen depending on the current state of the film. Therefore the choice of the values given to those parameters depends on previous results, manufacturers figures, and personal experience. Today's industrial norms are so strict that processing a film can be considered deterministic. If the pictures are ultimately over or under exposed, blurred or whatever, then it's the photographer's sole responsability.

Last updated on November 23rd, 2006


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