I believe it goes without saying, that Fuji FP-3000B is the most versatile instant film on the market today. Not only does it have the highest ISO rating of any instant film currently produced, it is the only one that produces a very easy to work with negative. And thats what we will be discussing today.
I have chosen one image that I will use to demonstrate the way that I process my 3000B negatives. This is what works for me, but I’m always open for new ideas. If you have something to add or a tip that has worked for you, please let us know in the comment field.
Step 1: A clean negative is a happy negative.
So, you’ve taken your shot and waited a minute to see the magic you created. You pull the print and you are happy with the results. The stranger you shot is amazed that you can still get film for that old camera and is very appreciative when you give them the print. All you have now is a wet negative, what do you do? Best practice is to keep the negative as clean as possible. This means either blow drying or setting it aside till it dries in a dust free environment. Now, this is where I’ll be honest. Very rarely do I do either of those. When I’m at a wedding, I’m usually tossing the negative on a table, on top of my bag, or finding a shelf to set them on. When I’m out with a client, they are usually lying on the ground or thrown in my trunk before they can dry. By the time I get them home, they have dust, hair and whatever else they picked up while drying stuck to them. Sometimes this looks great and can fit a mood. Most times, this looks terrible and you wish you still had the print to scan.