Film & Processing

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Steve Bedell Posted: Feb 01, 2006 3 comments

One look at the work of Richard Lohmann and you know you are viewing the work of a very skilled photographic practitioner. But what really has Lohmann excited these days are evolutions in digital technology. A combination of advanced film processing techniques and new ink technology has convinced Lohmann that he can now produce images comparable in quality to platinum prints...

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Frances E. Schultz Posted: Sep 01, 2004 1 comments

If you enjoy black and white photography you might question whether you need a traditional darkroom at all. Maybe you would be happier shooting black and white with a digital camera, and printing digitally. But many...

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Roger K. Bunting Posted: Sep 01, 2003 151 comments

A century and a half of research and development in photographic processing technology has given us some mighty fine materials to work with. The ease and speed of processing high quality black and white photos with today's materials is truly...

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

All color photographic printing paper responds to only three colors of light: Red, Green, and Blue (RGB). In fact, the emulsion of color printing papers is specifically adjusted to respond best to specific wavelengths of RGB. Therefore, if certain, specific wavelengths of RGB are used to...

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Dave Howard Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

A little over a year ago, when I first conceived this article, my main idea was to dwell on after-market enlarger accessories and custom modifications. After attending several major photographic equipment shows, it has become evident that another...

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Joseph A. Dickerson Posted: Oct 01, 2000 2 comments

Now that summer is behind us and there are fewer daylight hours for shooting we're naturally spending more time in the darkroom.

But when was the last time you went through your negative...

Paul Mozell Posted: Sep 01, 2004 2 comments

Very few people would dare to ask this question, "Is digital better than film?" just a few years ago when the only cameras that could produce a digital file with qualities that approached film's capabilities cost in the neighborhood
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Tom Fuller Posted: Feb 01, 2001 0 comments

Our project this month is to turn a hanging garment bag into an effective film drying cabinet. Although this is just barely a Level 2 Project (see the April 2000 issue for an explanation of my DIY complexity scale), it requires the wiring of an AC...

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Tom Fuller Posted: Apr 01, 2000 0 comments

For our project this month, we will be making very inexpensive recessed lensboards for large format cameras. As a commercially-made board of this type easily goes for over $100 and our homegrown version costs about $10, I especially want to point out its...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2005 3 comments

All Photos © 2004, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved

I grew up with black and white. Color, for me, was a distraction, a pretty thing that was fine for stock and the family album, but the color of the photographic blood that ran through my veins was monochrome. I spent many a year in the darkroom, honing my black and white skills, and even paid the rent for a good many...

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

Making prints from color negatives in a home darkroom is not nearly as difficult as most folks seem to think it is. You just need to have a little understanding of the equipment and materials you are using. After that, everything else sort of falls into...

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Jay Abend Posted: Feb 01, 1999 0 comments

One of the truly liberating aspects of shooting black and white film is the relatively low cost of setting up and maintaining your own darkroom. When moving to a new studio recently, I was forced to break down my existing darkroom and consider whether to...

Tom Fuller Posted: Oct 01, 1999 0 comments

Here I go again dating myself, but I remember going through packs of Kodak Athena, a double-weight contact paper with a lovely brown-black image. Actually, the tone varied daily from warm to neutral depending upon the condition of my fledgling technique...

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Michael LaRosa Posted: Sep 01, 2002 0 comments

A coat hanger with one clothespin to hold the film on at the top and another to keep it from curling at the bottom worked well enough for me for quite some time. In my home darkroom--a large closet in the back bedroom--there is seldom a need to rush things. But when I recently purchased a new monolight...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

This article was very nearly called "9600," which is what you get if you multiply 24 by 400. Twenty-four films, that is, times ISO 400. There are at least this many, though half a dozen or so aren't available in the US. Even 18 films is however a pretty impressive number for a...

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