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Exciting news!

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 I've just sent the manuscript to the printer for final proofing of the fifth edition of my book. Here's a sneak peek of the cover. The book's grown by 30% and includes more tips, more casework, and better developers (including the best eco-developers). I've been a busy boy for well over a year on this edition. Because the new edition is imminent I have stopped sales of the old edition. Drop me a line if you are interested in a signed copy of the new when it's released. Sign up on my website to my newsletter to be the first to know when it's for sale online. http://www.pictorialplanet.com/Book/book.html

510-Pyro - Want to make one of the best developers around?

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I’ve been busy making another video. It shows how I make 510-Pyro and hopefully will encourage you to have a go. Here’s a link to the making of 510-Pyro. Please "like" and "subscribe" so you don’t miss any new videos I’ll be posting. https://youtu.be/dExTezEVBCY

Water stop baths and correct fixing! Have you been doing it wrong?

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I've just uploaded a video on water-stops and correct fixing technique. I jump in right after a semi-stand development using pyrocat-had. Take a look. Please subscribe (and like the video if you want).  https://youtu.be/CIFLd8Ibwk8

Want to make sodium metaborate?

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  Sodium metaborate AKA Kodalk or balanced alkali is a chemical originally used a lot by Kodak for their developers. It's still used in formulas such as Barry Thornton Two Bath and D-23 replenisher (DK-25R). However, it's getting harder to find and buy. Here's how to make your own:  Dissolve 14g Borax then 3g Sodium Hydroxide in 200ml warm water. Now every 10ml of this solution adds 1g Sodium metaborate to your developer.  Now there's nothing stopping you making some excellent home brew developers! You'll find plenty on my website pictorialplanet.com. Bye for now! John

Starting videos on my youtube channel Pictorial Planet

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Just a FYI.  I've started to record short videos on my youtube channel. The first is a very short demonstration of inversion agitation, primarily to support my website's agitation page but also to test the (new to me) technology. If there's an interest in these videos I'll continue with more. To show interest why not "like" the video and subscribe to the channel. Thanks! https://youtu.be/XZnYtxwta0I That's a link to the first agitation demo.  Don't forget, if this idea is appealing to you, please like and subscribe to my youtube channel and website (www.pictorialplanet.com).

Simple developer in 5 steps

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Making your own developer too much trouble? Here's 5 steps that I learned  to easy D23! Many might be put off making darkroom chemistry by the apparent complexity, I know I was at first. It was daunting when considering not just the chemistry but the accurate scales and jugs and stirring rods and so on... However, I learned that this isn't a new problem and it was much easier than I thought to overcome. It might surprise you but the precise measurements to make developers is not essential, at least with those more 'forgiving' formulas. D23 is one such formula that provides excellent results, every time. What I learned was to make the developer exactly the same way every time. If I did this I got consistent results and my tested development times worked perfectly.  For instance, the official formula for D23 calls for 7.5g metol and 100g sodium sulphite in 1ltr water. But if I make it with 8g metol and 97g sodium sulphite, every time,  I always get the same results. These