|The Importance of the Darkroom In Photographic Education|
Using both 35 & 120 format I rig various filters which I create in front of the lens, enabling me to control areas of sharpness, increase flare, texture and abstract forms. Using fotospeed LD 20 on Ilford Warmtone 8 X 10 paper I am able to create images that look more like etchings than traditional photographs. However, when I increase the size of paper to 20 X 24 more detail and less texture and splitting occurs. Using 42" paper the images look a bit more like the smaller 8 X 10 paper, but still less of the etching look. Have you any suggestions how I can increase the size of my images while maintaining the textures I love. Why does this happen? Is it caused by the enlarger being closer to small paper causing a more intense light for a shorter period of time than the larger images which have a less intense light for a greater period of time? If I cannot achieve this effect through the LITH TECNIQUE the only thought I have is to photocopy the smaller images and lith print FROM those negatives. Any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated. With respect, Scott New York City, USA
Hi Dr. Rudman, As far as printing negatives, is there a danger of damaging a negative through frequent exposures to enlarger light, are cold light sources better? Frank C.
Hello Tim, I was interested in making my own b&w print developer. I have been experimenting with many developers, but I have not quite found some of the tone that I want to achieve. My question is, whether I use a combination of metol and hydroquinone or glycyn or phenidone or whatever, where would I begin? I am not sure where I would find literature on this subject, aside from Steve Anchell's Darkroom Cookbook, but that seems to have more info on existing formulas. Would you maybe suggest I use one of my favorite developers and tweak it as needed? This would seem like a good place to start, however I would still like to make my own formula. I am no chemist, but I understand the subject fairly well and I know what chemicals do what, I just need a place to start. If you have any tips, suggestions, or perhaps people I should contact, anything would be helpful. Thank you. Mark
Hello, I have a question about what makes a photo paper lith printable? I have found some info, but no definitive answer. Thank you for your time! Shawna N.
Dear Tim, When toning, is it possible to use more than one type of bleach when toning a print? Say, for instance, when FSA toning, could one bleach a print a small amount with a chloride bleach and then complete the bleaching process with, say, an iodide bleach? Would different rehalogenators being used in different parts of the print have any effect on the outcome of the toned print (split tone maybe?) or would it not really matter? Thanks for your help. Mark