Photographic developer components

Photographic film and paper developers generally consist of four components which work together to develop your images. Here’s a quick overview of the components and their purposes. Please note: I’ll mention some chemicals in this article. Some of them are pretty harmless, but some can be downright dangerous. Please educate yourself about safe handling of...

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MQ Base, a flexible black and white photographic print developer

MQ Base is a three-part photographic paper developer based on metol and hydroquinone (MQ). The developer is in three parts to maximize its flexibility. Follow the instructions below to mix the stock solutions. Then combine varying amounts of MQ Base, carbonate, bromide and water to make these tray-strength developers: Kodak D-72 (a.k.a. Dektol) Kodak D-52...

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