Frances E. Schultz
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The Darkroom
Frances E. Schultz 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...

Film & Darkroom Gear
Frances E. Schultz Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

A 50th anniversary is something very special: a golden anniversary, which is a good trick for something made of silver, is what Kodak Tri-X celebrates this year. The first of the X-films was Panatomic-X in 1938. Two-thirds of a century later, there's some doubt about what the X was for: probably "Extra," as it was faster and sharper and finer grained than the...

The Darkroom
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...

Film & Processing
Frances E. Schultz 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...

The Darkroom
Frances E. Schultz Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Wrinkles or character lines? Few people want their portraits to show every line on their face. The camera may not...

Frances E. Schultz Feb 01, 2004 0 comments

Dateline 1940: "The fastest film in the world is the new Tri-X, with twice the speed of Super-XX." If you want the numbers, the British Journal of Photography Almanac for 1940 (actually written in 1939) reckoned it was 7000 H&D.

That's right. Tri-X was...

Paper & Ink, Test Reports
Frances E. Schultz Dec 01, 2003 1 comments

Several years ago Luminos Photo had to cease production of their silver paper: the paper stock they had been coating became unavailable. Since then they have been searching for a replacement. Now they have it, and it is very nice.

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The Darkroom
Frances E. Schultz 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...

The Darkroom
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...

Digital Darkroom
Frances E. Schultz Sep 01, 2003 0 comments

Most printers strive to make fine prints. Some succeed while others fail. The road to success does not start in the darkroom; it starts before you ever press the shutter release.
A fine print can be of any subject. The single most important key to...