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Step 5: Pour on Developer

Remove the glass plate from the holder.

While holding the plate over a tray, pour the developer over the plate. The developer is a solution of iron sulfate and acetic acid. It turns the silver-halide grains that have been struck by light into a metallic silver.

Rinse the glass plate with water to remove the developer.

You can now take the plate out of the darkroom.



Step 1: Coat with Collodion
Step 2: Dip in Silver Nitrate
Step 3: Plate to Camera
Step 4: Expose
Step 5: Pour on Developer
next step >> Step 6: Fix the Plate
Step 7: Wash and Varnish
Step 8: Make a Print


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