Here you can find; an enlarger, timer, focus finder, film developing
tank, thermometer, clock, safelight, tongs and easel. Other essential
items are print processing trays and somewhere to wash and dry the
You will also need somewhere to put all this. A room that can be made
light proof: a dark room. Lofts, sheds and bathrooms are popular
conversion sites. Photo' processing is a 'wet process' so fitting
plumbing into your darkroom will be very useful.
Some paper to print onto is going to be needed.
Most photographic papers today are multigrade type. Sometimes called MG,
PC (polycontrast) or VC (vary contrast), they all mean the same. Multi
contrast paper is sensitive to different colours of light. If yellow
light is used in the enlarger the final print will have a low contrast.
By adding more magenta light the print will be more contrasty.
The range of chemicals you will need to process your pictures.
The tall bottle on the left is Ilford's multigrade paper developer which
makes the picture appear on the paper. The squat bottle next to it is
stop bath which neutralises the action of the developer. The big 5 litre
bottle contains Hypam which is a general purpose fixer to 'fix' the
image on the paper and prevent it from disapearing the moment you turn
the light on. Ilfosol S and ID 11 are black&white film developers. The
quarish bottle is Kodak's TMAX fine grain developer for film. The black
bottle is Paterson's wetting agent which is used in the final rinse
of film processing to prevent water droplets forming and leaving 'drying
marks' on our nice clean negatives.