Dan Burkholder is recognized as one of contemporary photography's pioneers, first exploiting digital technology in 1992 to make enlarged negatives for platinum/palladium printing. His award-winning book, Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing, is now a standard reference in the fine-art printmaking community. Dan has taught at the International Center of Photography (New York), The Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego), The School of the Chicago Art Institute, The Royal Photographic Society (Madrid, Spain), and with many other organizations.
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Dan, 1. What transparency medium (paper) do you recommend for making enlarged negatives? 2. Your book is wonderful and I have downloaded the varioius curves. But I don't know how to carry them over to Photoshop. I lose you at some point in your book. I'm sure I'm not understanding something, because you do explain things quite clearly. I'm particularly interested in platinum. (I don't have a densitometer and my high values are hard to make "correct".) Thank You, Hiag A.
Hello Hiag, If you're talking inkjet negatives, then Pictorico OHP is your best choice for UV sensitive printing; Pictorico Photo Gallery High Gloss White Film is better for making negs to be printed on Silver Gelatin. If you don't already have the "Inkjet Negative Companion" supplement to my book, it'd be a good thing to get. It not only covers the latest inkjet printers but includes a Photoshop Template that semi-automates the negative-making process. You can learn more at the following URL: http://www.danburkholder.com/Pages/main_pages/inkjet_companion.html And (sorry if this is sounding like a sales pitch) on Sunday February 6, 2005 I'll be officially opening www.TinyTutorials.com where I'm offering short 4-7 minute Quicktime videos of Photoshop techniques. They will be priced at an affordable $3 each, with one free for every four ordered. Check it out on Sunday! Hope this helps!
Dear Dan, I am a film photographer and would like to know if there is a a way of using digital and produce a negative that could be used in my wet darkroom. Perhaps use my printer with a clear medium to print on or make a inkjet print and then a contact negative in the darkroom to use as my negative. I want to use a digital camera and make a silver print. Thank you very much, Bill T.
Indeed there are ways to make digital negs with your inkjet printer. The second edition of my "Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing" addresses that very issue. If you are primarily interested in inkjet negatives, the supplement to my book, "Inkjet Negative Companion," will guide you in the right direction. Both the book and Companion are available from Freestyle or on my web site at www.DanBurkholder.com but feel free to email if you have additional questions.
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