Darkroom Technique: “Painting Developer”

Alternative Darkroom Technique / Painting Developer by DL Hudson

A gelatin silver print created by painting developer onto Ilford MG IV paper. ©DL Hudson 2015


1. Determine proper exposure for print with test strips. Create neutral print to fine tune and alter exposure… dodge, burn, etc.

2. Expose Paper.

3. Hold print in a way that allows you to recall spatial layout of exposure/print. You could also mark areas with post-it’s or even draw on the print prior to developing!

4. Dip paintbrush in developer solution and selectively apply solution.

5. Wait for developer to work its magic. Apply more developer. Wait some more. Be patient. Dance in place.

6. Place print in stop bath and fixer per standard development procedures.



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Dre Lynn Hudson is a Milwaukee native who loves the magic of light, conversation with strangers, and fish tacos. She is drawn to the quirky details of seemingly simple surroundings, and aims to capture the quiet and contemplative moments around her. You can find Dre eating the world with her eyes and keeping rhythm with the shutter. Dre is a freelance commercial photography assistant, who happens to carry her camera everywhere she goes. When she isn't assisting, she is working on a few personal projects to satiate her hungry eyes and eager fingertips.

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