Part I (Nov/Dec, 2010) introduced an inexpensive, low-tech technique for hands-free dodging and burning of an image by using pencil or markers on mylar masks placed above the negative in a traditional darkroom. Part II (March/April, 2011) introduced the use of Photoshop or Elements to create masks on inkjet transparency film to make hands-free graduated-burns of skies and other areas. Part III expands on the use of the computer in the traditional darkroom for making prints with multiple contrasts on variable-contrast paper.
All three articles explain how to make a variety of masks to achieve controlled results while printing conventional negatives on silver halide photographic paper in the darkroom. Other important requirements: These masking techniques require use of a diffusion enlarger or contact printing, a special, inexpensive, negative carrier, a computer with Photoshop or Elements, a scanner that preferably will scan film, an inkjet printer capable of printing on transparent media such as overhead projection film available at most office supply stores.