Is Anybody There?
Posted 02 November 2003 - 09:19 PM
Its awfully dark in here, well it would be, being a darkroom!
OK, so I'm probably the only "wet print" worker around so I'll just keep lurking here in case anybody wants to chat about chemicals and stuff like that.
Its been a while since I did any darkroom stuff, but I haven't forgotten how. Just a bit more civilised sitting in front of my PC these days. But not quite the same effect as the "old days" when you'd emerge, blinking into the daylight, stinking of dev and fix, clutching a paw full of freshly dried prints!
Posted 02 November 2003 - 10:05 PM
Welcome to PhotographyBLOG :-)
I've used the darkroom on occasion as it's a requirement of the photography course that I'm doing here in the UK - I can't say I enjoy it that much though! One small mistake ruins all that hard work...
Posted 03 November 2003 - 08:23 AM
I've recently bought a complete darkroom setup. We're covering b&w on my City & Guilds course next term so I'm hoping to learn quite a bit there, but knowing there's people here that can help is great!
I have a feeling I'm gonna have to ask a few questions. Our course has (IMHO) too many people and the tutor can't devote enough time to answer the awkward questions.
Glad you're here!
Posted 03 November 2003 - 09:48 AM
We started off with 15 when I did the 6923 course, but by Christmas the total had dropped to 8. Much more room in the darkroom then!
This year for the 6924 course there are about 14 people in the class.
Posted 04 November 2003 - 12:19 PM
Practice makes perfect.
Of course, you could have a perfect print, but it's not what you want. Is that a mistake or a practice run?
Posted 04 November 2003 - 03:29 PM
We had to do borders on our prints last year, and were marked on them as part of the overall presentation. There's a definite knack to doing them.
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 09:52 AM
The leeway and forgiveness of a negative is so much more than digital. If you have a shot that is underexposed by 4 or 5 stops, or is too gray and a tad dark, the enlarger will forgive you and let you print with beautiful contrast and exposure.
You try doing that in Photoshop and see how it screws up your image!
However, my favorite workflow is developing black and white film by myself (I don't trust film stores for some reason), and using the negative scanner. Allows for easier sharing and distribution online.
Special requests and prints get a few hours with my music and I, and my beautiful Ilford Pearl 8x10 paper.
=( I miss the smell of developer in the morning.
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