Having just purchased my first enlarger, chemicals, etc. I found this book invaluable as a basic guide to what to do next! I already have some very pleasing self produced B+W prints as a result of following the techniques shown.
It's a shame Amazon are only selling the "First Edition edition (27 April 1988)" new. All the other sellers selling this new don't say which version they're selling so I can only assume it they too are selling outdated versions. there are at least 5 versions of this going through to the 1990s. There are plenty of sellers here selling this second hand who're selling later versions than the new version.
I know that self developing is a dieing art. But there are still some photographers who still believe in and still use the old style of photography. It is an ideal handbook if you are a student in photography, because they still do developing of the 35mm film as part of the course.
There are books on film processing and print making that are a whole lot worse than this one for the newcomer to these dying arts to read . Well laid out , illustrated and written , there are few areas that Michael Langford has not covered reasonably . I remain unconvinced that colour processing and printing merited inclusion but , hey , ho , it's there for those who feel they need it .
A step-by-step guide to developing your own film at home, from what to buy, to how to do it. This book can be used as a 'how-to' guide by anyone, and if you get confident enough, it even goes on to cover how to process and develop colour film and prints as well as black and white. A user manual in one volume, whatever the brand of your equipment.