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 bullet proof negatives that we look at despairingly knowing it is going to be difficult to print. And this is one of mine, which I have been putting off printing for several decades. You only have to see it on the... Continue reading "Overdeveloped negatives | printing from difficult negatives"
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. Made for glass plates up to about 6x8 inches, with two heavy window weights to counterbalance raising... Continue reading "Old English wooden enlarger for 6×8 inch glass plates"
Traditional silver gelatin fibre based prints are made by hand and involves the use of traditional darkroom, light sensitive materials and chemistry. In a darkroom you project an image onto photographic paper, much like you would project an image onto a wall with a slide projector. When making black and white prints the photographer can... Continue reading "Traditional Silver Gelatin Fibre Based Prints"
I thought I would describe a typical darkroom printing session. 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, it's a mental state that... Continue reading "Darkroom Printing – a typical session"
Traditional darkroom practise is slowly disappearing. It seems like there are less and less opportunities around Perth to learn about film photography and the making of traditional silver gelatin photographic prints, using a wet darkroom. Someone was telling me that even the local colleges are cutting back on resourcing film based photography for their students.... Continue reading "Traditional Darkroom Workshops"
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