I have listed four common photographic print types using silver and chemistry as their basis. These include traditional silver gelatin fibre based prints, Polaroid prints, Type C colour prints and Cibachrome or Ilfochrome prints.
Split grade printing is my preferred technique for printing from a high contrast image with the goal of making a full tonal range silver gelatin fibre based print.
The importance of establishing a standard exposure time for making and assessing your first contact prints.
Overdeveloped negatives, we all have them hidden away somewhere. You know, one of those bulletproof negatives that we look at despairingly. You know it is going to be difficult to print. And this is one…
Just came across this old photo of mine. Looking more like a guillotine this was my first large format enlarger. It is an old English wooden enlarger for glass plates purchased 25 years ago just outside Launceston, Tasmania.
Traditional silver gelatin fibre based prints are made by hand and involves the use of traditional darkroom, light sensitive materials and chemistry.
When I go into the darkroom to make a silver gelatin print I usually like to start pretty much first thing in the morning, so I can take my time. I don’t like to be in a rush when I’m printing.
I love the hands on, organic nature of film based photography. You are dealing with a material which has inherent properties and characteristics. With film there is a tactile aspect to the entire process in your photography, from clicking the shutter to making the print, something that the digital world is largely devoid of.
Reducing potential fan vibration in my enlarger head. replace the existing fan with a 12volt DC axial fan used in computers. This not only eliminated the vibration but was also much quieter.