Nicole Small | One on One

Processing E-6

I had received a few emails and inquiries on how I processed E-6 at home and I thought that I would give a quick run down of that. It really isn’t as difficult as you may think and there are quite a lot of resources out there that can help you build confidence to give it a go. My number one resource has been YouTube.

I bought my kit from, a place that I will definately be ordering from again. The service is excellent and prices are within my budget. If you are living in Montreal or anywhere within Canada, check them out. Maybe this can be a place for you too.


The kit I bought was the Rapid E-6 Kit which comes with very simple instructions. The trick is to make sure your chemicals are at the right temperature. I regret not having taken a snapshot of my set-up so I will try to explain my prep as best as I can.

The one thing that really helped me with keeping the water temperature at the right mark was the Anova Culinary A2.2-120V-US Sous Vide Precision Cooker that I bought from Amazon. This is not something that you need in order to process E-6, it is just a tool I decided to purchase after seeing quite a few people on YouTube using it with the E-6 process. 

If this is a tool that you might be considering, you can get one from the Film Photography Project website here, (much cheaper!). I wish I had known this before purchasing it from Amazon.

The set up was pretty much just a large bin that I bought from a dollar store which I filled with water placing the bottles of chemistry inside. The Anova heater was attached to the bin and dialed in at the required temperature of 105 degrees. I also placed two large plastic jug containers inside which I also filled with water so they too could reach the required water temperature for the washing.

Processing Steps

  • *water temperature for chemicals, washing and final rinse 105 degrees.*
  • *agitation was done with the agitation rod, no tank inversions were done*
  1. Pre-Wash – 1 minute (agitate first 15 seconds)
  2. Developer – 6 minutes/30 seconds (agitate for 15 seconds every 30 seconds)
  3. Wash – fill and empty tank 7 times (agitate for 15 seconds)
  4. Color Developer – 4 minutes/30 seconds (agitate for 15 seconds every 30 seconds)
  5. Wash – fill and empty tank 7 times (agitate for 15 seconds)
  6. Blix – 10 minutes (agitate for 15 seconds every 30 seconds)
  7. Wash – 5 minutes under running water
  8. Hang to dry


That is it! If I can figure out how to do it, I will record a behind the scenes the next time I process with E6.

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