Skip to content →

Printer Attic Posts

Understanding the effect of temperature in film development

Temperature is one of many parameters that influence the rate of film development. Manufacturers standardize their adviced development times under the assumption you are developing at 20 C / 68 F, and supply handy tables and graphs such as this one by Ilford (thanks for the link, Erik Gould!) to correct the development time if your temperatures are off. On Twitter, Dev Samaddar posted the following the other day: Why is development times always listed for 68ºF? Is the temp-time relationship linear? — Dev Samaddar (@dsamaddar) October 24, 2018 In this post, we will explore this topic further and try to…

Comments closed

Making a custom foam insert for a Pelican case, or: how to transport a Sinar P2

Large format cameras come in two flavors: field-cameras and studio cameras. While the former is typically ‘light’ and can be folded into a package that can be carried in a backpack, the latter is typically large and bulky, and unwieldy to carry on the back. When I got the Sinar P2, the main problem I faced was how to store and transport it. I don’t intend to go hike with it, but I would like to be able to take to a location that can be reached by public transport or by car. There are some cases available that were sold…

Comments closed

Big summer clear out

After my deliberations of the previous article, I decided to sell most of my unused photography equipment to make room for two small cameras and put what money is left towards funding our wedding. Below you will find photos of all the listings with the price. If you are interested or want to make me an offer send an email to info@printerattic.com. If you found the listing through the website, I will give you a 5% discount. Canon 6D – Mint condition – SOLD The body is in (near)mint condition and has no visible wear. With only 5139 shutter actuations…

Comments closed

How the cameras that I use change with how I approach photography

Once per year, often around the summer, I get in this mood where I need to revise my photography kit radically and want to sell of equipment to finance new purchases just to repeat this the next year. This year, I want to do things differently and write down what I use specific equipment for and find out for myself if it is necessary to make a change. This concerns all my photography equipment and spans both film and digital. Over the past two years, my approach to photography has changed. Two years ago, I would go out to shoot…

Comments closed

Announcement: International Darkroom Database Offline.. for now.

Google has recently announced that it will be requiring billing information for the use of the Google Maps API from June 11 onwards. The International Darkroom Database was based on a free API key, which is intended for sites that generate little traffic and don’t make a profit of using Google products. Because I do not want to provide Google with my billing information, I have taken the International Darkroom Database offline for now. I will be looking into other options to bring it back online soon. I am currently very busy with finishing my PhD research, but once the…

Comments closed

Fixing a Seiko leaf shutter: putting the shutter blades back in place

The Fuji SW 90mm f/8 lens was the first lens I got in addition to the Rodenstock Sironar-N 150 mm that I got with the camera. Not too long ago, two of the shutter blades got dislodged and I was left with a broken shutter. Instead of spending the price I paid for the lens on a professional repair job, I decided to open it up and carefully see if this was something I could fix myself. As it turns out: I could, and I did. In today’s post, I describe the process and my lessons learnt. I took way…

Comments closed

The (al)chemist: formulary and chemistry books

For those that keep track of this blog somewhat regularly will not be surprised when I tell you that I am technically inclined. I have an interest in the chemistry of analog photography and recently purchased a few books on the topic. While I am reading them one by one, I am also writing reviews so you know which ones to get yourself. In this post, I will maintain a list of resources for you to consult and I provide mini-reviews of each. You will find links to the full reviews in the descriptions. This post will be a rolling release,…

Comments closed

#PrintParteh – In review

On January 25, I announced the #printparteh hashtag and the associated print party that was to take place on Twitter from March 5 to April 1, 2018. In this post, we will have a look at the outcome and summarize what people contributed and learned. What better way to summarize a bunch of Tweets than a curated set of Tweet? I have embedded the originals below, so feel free to click and read the entire thread back on Twitter. In my opinion, this set provides a nice — but far from complete — overview of all the contributions. If you…

Comments closed

The printer: technique books

The darkroom printer can learn from a mentor, by experience and by reading up on techniques. Right next to the formulary books on my bookshelves, sit the books that discuss practical techniques for use in the darkroom. In this article, I will maintain a list of resources for you to consult and I provide mini-reviews of each. You will find links to the full reviews in the descriptions. This post will be a rolling release and will be updated whenever I finish reading. Release: 2018-02-03 The Photographer’s Master Printing Course Tim Rudman’s book (ISBN 1-85732-407-2) is a good introduction to many…

Comments closed

The making of a print: Energiecentrale

A while ago I asked some followers on Twitter what they would like to see more of on the blog and one exclaimed ‘photos!’. And I agree, there should indeed be a few more of my own photos on this blog. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at a print I made past Sunday. During my Christmas break we had exactly 2 days that were not wet and cloudy, and the weather was actually quite nice on this day. I live not far from an old power plant that is no longer in operation full time, and on…

Leave a Comment