Testing Variable Contrast Paper Grades

Testing Variable Contrast Paper Grades

Now that I’ve started printing at home, I’ve run into the challenge of determining what filter to use with variable contrast paper. My first few attempts at printing I used Grade 2 paper, but from everything I have read it seems that by using graded paper I’m really limiting my creative possibilities.

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Building a Makeshift Garage Darkroom

Building a Makeshift Garage Darkroom

When I first started with large format, I bought a Paterson tank and developed negatives in my bathroom with the lights on, and I used a mirrorless camera to “scan” negatives. But now that I’ve switched to tray developing and making my own prints, I had to find a better solution.

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Rookie Mistake

Rookie Mistake

While on my honeymoon I (of course) brought my 4x5 along with me. I didn’t take a ton of pictures, but I was really excited to get back and develop them.

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Lens Review: Canon nFD 28mm f/2.8

Lens Review: Canon nFD 28mm f/2.8

The Canon nFD 28mm f/2.8 is a tiny, well-built, sharp, and cost-effective option for those looking for a vintage Canon FD wide angle lens. Wide-open it experiences significant sharpness dropoff in the corners, and vignetting is pretty apparent, but around f/8 through f/11 the lens is excellent.

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First Steps: Deciding to Begin Large Format Photography

First Steps: Deciding to Begin Large Format Photography

Had I realized that not only would I have to buy a new camera, lenses, and film, but also film holders, shutter release, dark cloth, developer, fixer, stop bath, a tank for developing, a new backpack, a sturdier tripod head, a magnifying loupe, a new collection of filters, associated step-up rings, filter holders, a way to store the negatives, a light table, and a way to scan the negatives, perhaps I would have reconsidered.

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