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A SMALLER Darkroom

written by: Chris Woodhouse

A common dilemma facing the amateur printer is creating a dedicated darkroom space within the domestic environment. Like many amateurs, I initially used a spare bedroom, hastily converted, with a simple work surface suspended between bedside cabinets, trays, buckets, and a nearby bathroom for washing. The inevitable family expansion prompted a re-think. This article looks at my two successive solutions, which provide a permanent space dedicated to computer and photographic work. The first solution combined office and darkroom equipment in a loft conversion over my garage. This 8×8-foot space contained a full wet darkroom, a computer system, and storage for Read more »

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The Copy-Print Process

How to get silver-gelatin prints from inkjet positives
written by: Chris Woodhouse

Consumer inkjet printers have become consistently acceptable for photographic colour proofs, but their lack of simultaneous performance in tonal purity, permanence, bronzing, compatibility with gloss paper surfaces, and metermerism is significant enough to deter the discerning monochrome worker. These factors, together with a desire to have complete control over the reproduction process, have prompted many to consider using consumer inkjet technology on translucent media to produce large contact negatives. The limitations of inkjet technology are of little consequence, when their output is used as an intermediate step, on the way to a photographic print. Comparing Digital Negative Processes Halftone Negatives It Read more »