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A darkroom is a workshop used by photographers working with photographic film to make prints and carry out other associated tasks. It is a room that can be made completely dark to allow the processing of the light sensitive photographic materials, including film and photographic paper.

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Help identifying enlarger

I walked past this incomplete negative enlarger [see images below] at a yard sale, and I impulsively picked it up for next to nothing. I would appreciate if anyone could help identify the model, and ...
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Problem with Ilford Multigrade RC?

Is anyone else having a problem with new boxes of Ilford Muligrade RC? Even when exposing the paper to white light for an absurd amount of time, it is only going light gray in the developer. I am ...
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Downsides to using test strips from different packages of photo paper?

Sometimes, after using the last full sheet of photo paper in a package, I'm left with a number of extra test strips. Is there any problem with gauging exposure with paper from a different package of ...
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Cannot get true blacks with my enlarger

I just got my first enlarger and I am quite new in the darkroom. I just bought a second hand Durst Laborator 1200 with the VLS 501 head. It seems to be working properly but I cannot get any print to ...
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How does using a neutral tone developer affect warmtone paper?

If you're using a developer that produces neutral tones with paper specifically labeled as Warm Tone paper, does it not produce a warm tone with that paper, or must you use a warm tone developer?
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What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials

What should I look for in a respirator for chemical processing of photographic materials? I am already wearing eye and skin protection when using development chemicals. I would like to avoid breathing ...
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PhotoFlo for Color negs OK?

I'm new to developing my photos by my self. I bought the Cinestill SC41 kit and I was planning to buy a squeegee to wipe of the water on the film on my last step. But I found people not recommending ...
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Developer has particles floating and testing strength of C-41 kit. Is it still good?

I have a question regarding the usability of C-41 chemicals. I had mixed a batch of Unicolor C-41 development powder kit in distilled water back in late Nov 2019. I had stored the chemicals in a ...
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How to use L-308 or L-758 in a dark room to get the exposure time of the printed photos?

I have a sekonic L-308B and a L-758C . Can I get the exposure time ? How Thanks
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How to develop large dark room prints?

I want to make some large dark room prints (40x50 or larger). However the dark room I have access to, does not have room for 40x50 trays. So before I go and make a whole bunch of mistakes, working ...
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How do I produce a microscopic-size slide for stanhope

Is there a way to produce a microscopic film on a glass slide because I am trying to create a stanhope. For example in the image shown below, the image film is around 3 - 4mm. And also is it possible ...
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Increasing contrast in a darkroom print?

So I made a darkroom print the other day, but I am unhappy with it. It doesn't have enough contrast. Now I know what you're gonna say: 'You should use a high contrast paper or filter'. Thanks, but ...
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Can I safely double a 1L C-41 chemistry kit?

my usual hookup for C41 chemicals is out of stock for the forseeable future, and B&H does not stock any 2L chemical kits, so I'm wondering if anyone has successfully doubled a 1L kit. better safe ...
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Is DD-X developer ok to use for Acros 100?

Is DD-X developer ok to use for Acros 100? Also, I would like to control the contrast. Can someone point me to a development time chart that relates to the amount of contrast?
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Can different darkroom chemicals be discarded into the same container?

I'm a complete chemistry ignoramus but like to process my own (B&W) films every now and then in an ex tempore darkroom (read: the bathroom). I understand that the correct procedure for discarding ...
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What is the necessary recess on an enlarger lens board?

I have recently acquired a Meopta Belar 75mm/f4.5, to use with my Durst M605 enlarger. I was remiss in not checking the mount of this lens (M23.5) before I bought it, and have therefore ended up with ...
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Would a professional photographer in 1920s Europe have access to an enlarger?

I'm doing research for a novel and I have a question about the equipment and techniques that would have been available to a professional photographer in the early 1920s in Europe. In order to create ...
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Why do we need a safelight in the darkroom? [duplicate]

Why do we need a safelight in the darkroom?
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How would you remove power lines from a photo in the darkroom?

Ok so removing power lines in Photoshop is trivial. However I am interested in how the process might work with analog photography, in the darkroom. How would you remove power lines from a photo in ...
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Was post-exposure perspective correction ever practiced in the darkroom?

It seems like it should have been possible to achieve by adding tilt and shift movements to the enlarger lens, projecting a keystoned image of the film on the printing paper and cropping accordingly, ...
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Need Help With Maintenance of Beseler Darkroom Enlargers

I just began a position as a studio associate in the art department of a small liberal arts college near Chicago. The photography professor and I are working together to try to perform routine ...
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How do I safety check that there is no light in Darkroom / Darkbag?

Noon question, but: How do I safety check that there is no light in Darkroom / Darkbag?
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Is a Floating Paraffin Oiled'ed Lid Useful in a Darkroom?

I toured a winery that used a large stainless steel tank to dispense wine. The tank had a pour spout at the bottom and a floating lid on top. I was told that paraffin oil was poured over the top of ...
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How long do XTOL and D-76 last unmixed?

When I bought my darkroom sets, I additionally acquired two powder developers, being XTOL and D-76. I have only ever used Rodinal (Adonal) to develop my negatives, so I know little of how well such ...
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How do I give a darkroom course without negatives from the attendees?

I will give a short, one-time darkroom course for a small number of people who largely have little to no film photography experience and thus don't own any negatives that can be printed during the ...
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Transparent Darkroom paper

I am looking for a product that I used in college to produce B&W transparent prints in a darkroom. It used the traditional dev, stop, fix process and the final image could be backlit. I have done ...
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Can red LEDs be used as darkroom safe lights?

In the past when I have used a darkroom the safe lights have been a dim incandescent bulb, with an 'orangish' colored filter. Given red light is less energetic than orange, and LEDs are reasonably ...
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Two films in a tank, only one comes out with a development error – why?

I recently developed two 35mm films together in a tank. One, and only one of them, came out with artefacts on most (but not all) of the exposures – spots of uneven development that seem to originate ...
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Instax Film Developing Red

I have completed the Instant Pinhole Camera which I mentioned in a previous question. To open the pack of Instax Film, I used a pitch black room, blocked all the edges around the door, and opened it ...
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Why is a LED light flashing when used in my Omega C700 enlarger?

Has anyone used a LED light in an Omega C700 Condenser Enlarger? I've tried it once and it worked well but when I tried to use it again the light started flashing. I'm using an 11w warm white LED ...
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For analog color printing, why does a diffused projected image "average" to gray?

In analog printing color negative film to RA-4 paper, one approach is to project the image to the easel, place a diffuser in the light path, and then place a filter calculator (an array of filters of ...
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Characteristic Curve for Split Toning?

We can see from the data sheet on Ilford Multigrade Paper (link) that the curve gets steeper with increased contrast and tonal range shrinks (as expected). Various techniques seek to maximize tonality,...
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Are materials for printing from color negatives in darkroom still available in 2019?

I wonder if the materials, paper and chemistry, are available even today in 2019? I used to make color prints in the seventies and might do it again if someone still sell the required materials. Jyrki,...
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Darkroom Color Printing - Filter Changes & Exposure Times

I have a Beseler 23C III XL Dichroic enlarger for making color prints in my darkroom. I have been doing alot of research on the Internet regarding how adjusting Dichroic filters (CYM) impacts (or not)...
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Is it possible to do darkroom contact prints from a high-ppi phone or tablet?

Basically just the way it sounds - you put a tablet or a phone displaying (the negative of) your photo on top of a photo paper for a certain duration and then develop the print as if exposed by an ...
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When producing prints in a darkroom, should I aim for the longest possible exposure time?

Recently I was thinking about the fact that getting longer exposure time results in less impact of the initial vibrations (because of turning on/off of the enlarger) on a print. So my idea is to dim ...
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Are there consumer/prosumer-level digital-to-film or digital-to-photo-paper projectors/enlargers?

My source image is a medium-high resolution (say 50MP) digital capture and I'm interested in producing a darkroom print from it, there are industrial machines like the Durst Lambda and other minilabs ...
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Too short exposure times in Darkroom

I'm pretty new to film photography. My first prints were very greyish. Then i reduced the developing from 1 minute, normally , to just 8 seconds... Then i get a more or less descent print out of it. ...
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Fiber paper curved on arrival?

I recently bought my first box of Ilford Fiber B&W 8x10 paper. Even though the box is straight and undamaged, the entire ream of paper is curved. This seems like it will make it hard to ensure ...
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Film workflow with lightroom

I do both digital and film photography. Scanning film negatives does not produce great results in terms of quality, and I think a print from negative is far superior. What I like about Lightroom ...
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why aren't filter dials doing anything on Durst enlarger?

I've just acquired a Durst M370 color enlarger that's probably been unused and stored for many years. The cyan, magenta and yellow dials turn but don't do anything to the white light. Anyone know how ...
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Is there a cheap alternative to Hypo fixer?

Help! I am a photo teacher. It is near the end of the year and we just ran out of Hypo with no budget for buying more. Some black and white projects are still due. Is there a cheap alternative that we ...
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My developer went dark quickly — what went wrong?

My developer went dark in a few days, without using it... I recently change my storing pots. Is it the air or the darkness where I failed?
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Difference between Condenser and Variable Contrast Enlarger (Beseler)

In high school, we used Beseler 23C-iii's - and in my current set up, am using a Beseler 23C-ii. But, I've the opportunity to get my hands on a 23C-iii with a Variable Contrast head (please note that ...
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Light proofing a doorway

In a previous apartment, I converted the bathroom to a darkroom. Light-proofing the door and window proved to be a huge challenge. Fast forward to today, and now my wife and I own a house and I'm ...
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Developing an image on photo paper, using a scanner?

I've heard that it is possible to take an image on photo paper, either as a contact print or with a pinhole camera, and develop it by using a scanner rather than through the wet process. Does anyone ...
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Filter pack scale on Unicolor enlarger

I'm trying to get back into color printing and came across this Unicolor enlarger in a junk pile, the filter dials only go up to 17. Is that the actual value of the filter or this this a unique scale ...
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Omega D2 enlarger - Is it really for 4x5 negatives?

So I bought an Omega D2 enlarger for making 8x10 prints out of my 4x5 negatives at home. I have had two unsolved issues with it that make me question whether it is really suitable for 4x5 printing. ...
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Weird artifacts when using Tmax 100 for black-and-white reversal processing

I'm new to film development and previously managed to develop two rolls of Kodak Tri-x 400 (let's call roll A and B) using reversal processing: D-11, dichromate bleach, D-72. Today I tried to develop ...
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Enlarging - how to increase exposure time without closing the aperture too much?

When enlarging, let's say the sharpest f-stop on your 135mm lens is f8, but at that aperture you need to expose for such a short period of time, say <1sec, that dodging and burning become ...
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