The Darkroom

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Jul 01, 2000 0 comments

A density meter is a small battery-powered device that measures light. A density meter is to an enlarger what a light meter is to a camera. I can't imagine working in a darkroom without one.

Most density meters measure only...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

I love gadgets. In fact, if it has blinking lights, beeping noises or a flashing LCD display, I usually can't live without it. Years ago when I was working with a dichroic enlarger I discovered the joys of the EM-10, and I haven't been without one since. If you use a continuous-light...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Feb 01, 2001 0 comments

Almost all enlargers will accept lenses of different focal lengths, designed so you can match the focal length of the lens to the size of the negative that you are printing. If you do not, your negative might not print correctly.

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Feb 01, 2000 4 comments

If you have a medium format
or a 35mm format enlarger, then you probably do not need to wall mount
your enlarger. However, if you have a 4x5enlarger...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Feb 01, 2005 3 comments

Many people seem to believe that darkroom chemicals have a fixed capacity, beyond which they stop working. This is quite a long way from the truth. The life of most chemical baths used in the darkroom can be divided into four stages. First, there is the fresh bath, with full vigor. Second, there is the partially exhausted bath, which still works but takes longer. Third, there is...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Dec 01, 2004 4 comments

The easy way to make a great print is to start out with a great negative. In theory, it's not that difficult to learn to make great negatives. Each film you shoot and process, you learn a little more about how to get closer to the perfect negative. But there are two large, active flies in this particular ointment. One is that you don't want to throw away all your old...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Dec 01, 2003 1 comments

What is the use of having an old-fashioned, "wet" black and white darkroom in the 21st century? Well, it's a bit like religion. If you have to ask the question, you'll never understand the answer. Anyone who loves darkroom knows the...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Apr 01, 2003 1 comments

The Darkroom

Beginners tend to be very cautious about the amount of paper they use. Paradoxically, therefore, they waste more than they need to. Rather than making test strips, and then a work print, they will go straight to what...

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