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Andrew Lewis

Monkeysailor’s Photo Lab

Make your own Arduino-controlled color film processor.

By Andrew Lewis

TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS

fantastic. I love the way mechanical cameras feel in my hand, and I love the way film makes me think about composition and lighting before I actually take a shot. The only thing I don’t like about traditional photography is the cost of having film processed or buying equipment to develop my own.

To cut costs and have a little fun with an Arduino along the way, I decided to make my own film processor. The equipment needed to turn a roll of exposed medium-format color film into negatives actually isn’t that complicated, ...

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