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Darryl C. Nicholas Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

I suppose a typical reaction to understanding H&D curves would be, "Who cares?" And, unless you're interested in learning how your film will perform under various circumstances, it might not be of any interest to you. But, I've...

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Frances E. Schultz Sep 01, 2006 1 comments

Leonard Bernstein's Mass is the next thing I want to buy for my darkroom. It might seem an odd choice, but for me the darkroom is not only a place of work: it is also a place of sanctuary. We quite often get letters from people who are returning to the wet darkroom, or are setting one up for the first time. What is the appeal? After all, you can now just sit down in front of...

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Frances E. Schultz Oct 01, 2003 5 comments

"A house is a machine for living."--Le Corbusier

Any machine needs maintenance. Here's how I maintain my darkroom: a "strip, clean, and overhaul" in...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Sep 01, 2000 0 comments

Good optical alignment is
extremely important. If your enlarger is not in proper alignment, you
will not be able to produce prints that are sharply focused. Of course,
if most of your printing is done with a soft-focus diffuser, maybe it
doesn...

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Bill Davis Feb 01, 2004 1 comments

There's no denying the greater convenience variable contrast printing paper affords. With only one box of paper and using appropriate filtration you can get virtually any contrast rendition you desire. But another benefit of multicontrast papers is...

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Frances E. Schultz Jul 01, 2002 0 comments

Most enlargers look much the same: a tall column, with the lamp and negative holder at the top, and a baseboard at the bottom. But given that a cheap, used enlarger with a good lens will, unless badly out of alignment, outperform a brand-new, state...

Frances E. Schultz Feb 01, 2006 1 comments

"Sorry, that's been discontinued." The salesclerk shakes his head. And that, you realize with sinking heart, is that: no more of your favorite film, paper, developer, whatever. These are trying times. What do you do?

First of all, make sure he's telling the truth. Far too often, "That's been discontinued" actually means...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Nov 01, 2004 1 comments

A few months ago I showed you how to create a background for a portrait by using the Adobe Gradient tool. That tool produced a nice, smooth, gradated background as though the photographer had put a small hot spotlight on a smooth background. In this article I will show you how to create a mottled background similar to the painted canvas backgrounds that are so popular among...

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Darryl C. Nicholas May 01, 2003 1 comments

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I love digital cameras. However, they all have one serious problem. They tend to block up the shadow tones. That is, they have a short dynamic density range, compared to film. If you use very flat lighting you get...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Nov 01, 1999 2 comments

Enlarger lenses are generally grouped into three price categories: hobby (inexpensive), regular "professional" (moderately priced), and Apochromatic (APO) professional (very expensive). APO lenses are designed mostly for use in precise color separation...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

Sooner or later you will
want to make a copy of a color print. If you have the negative, it's
an easy task. If you own a digital imaging darkroom (computer, scanner,
and printer) it is still an easy task. However, if you have to do it the...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Mar 01, 1999 0 comments

Enlarger lenses are generally grouped into three price categories. I refer to them as: amateur lenses (very cheap), regular "professional" lenses (moderately priced), and apochromatic (APO) lenses (very expensive).
Amateur lenses are usually already mounted on the enlarger when...

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Frances E. Schultz Oct 01, 2004 1 comments

Photos © 2004, Frances E. Schultz, All Rights Reserved

Large format is fun: magical tonality, and detail in the print that goes on and on. Better still, it's easy. If you already have a darkroom, you probably have everything you need to make large format contact...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Apr 01, 1999 0 comments

Usually when you are traveling,
you can't take your entire darkroom with you. However, you still
might want to make a few, quick, color prints while you're away
from home. All you need to make great colorpri...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

Slides and color negatives
can be duplicated using the same techniques. The best way to duplicate
both is to use a computer. Scan the original in using a scanner that
can go to a high resolution (2000-3000dpi or more)an...