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Month: August 2015

Watching paint dry: the dry-down effect visualized

On page 44 of “The Photographer’s Master Printing Course” (ISBN 1-85732-407-2, 1995), Tim Rudman gives his readers some important advice that experienced printers often give to novices; to quote him: “Whether exposing for test strips or work prints, always base exposure calculations on dry prints. This is because prints, especially on fibre-based paper, darken as they dry – the so-called ‘dry down’ effect.” This is a piece of advice many inexperienced printers, including myself, more often than not choose to casually ignore. As Tim explains, the effect is considered to be most pronounced in fibre-based papers, which I currently do not use…

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Method: Testing old paper

Two weeks ago, I was given an old box of Agfa Brovira-Speed BN312PE, grade 3 paper. It has been sitting in a cupboard on an attic for at least 15 years under less than ideal conditions. To determine if the paper is still of any use, I tested it for fogging and checked how it responded to anti-fogging measures. In this Method Section, I will briefly explain how I went about testing this paper and my conclusions. If you have any tips or tricks, drop me a line! I’d be happy to hear! How to test for fogging? A fog test…

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Darkroom economy: printing (cost) effectively?

Those that start working in the dark room to develop their own films and make their own prints soon find out that this is not a cheap hobby to pursue, especially compared to shooting fully digital. Now, some argue that because of the added expense of shooting film they shoot more deliberate, their pictures are better and their keep rate goes up. Although this is probably true to some extent, it does not outweigh the added cost of developing every photo to print. So, how to keep cost down if you prefer shooting film over digital? Here are three ideas I picked…

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Photo chemistry and paper: where to shop in Europe?

I just received some fresh supplies: a new box of Ilford Multigrade RC paper, three packs of Kodak D76, 1 l of Ilford Rapid Fixer and a 500 ml bottle of Adonal (more on this later!).  In this post I discuss four shops where you can source your photochemistry and printing supplies if you are in the Netherlands or Europe. Where to get you supplies? What places have the best deals, the largest inventory or the fastest shipping? Scroll down for more! Het Beeldgebouw This company specializes in printing and presentation of photos. Besides their regular services they also feature…

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