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Questions tagged [enlarging]

Method of producing photographic prints by projecting image from developed film on a specially sensitized paper.

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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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What differences can be expected when using enlarging lenses for general or macro photography?

Enlarging lenses seem to be available for very little cost. What differences can be expected when using enlarger lenses for general or macro photography? When might one prefer to use an enlarging ...
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Were there ways to deal with distortion in the darkroom ages? [duplicate]

When people used early ultrawide angle lenses that had visible distortion, did they simply accept the fact and print it too ... or were there mitigations for things like critical architecture ...
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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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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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Enlarge an image without contour having a staircase effect [closed]

I know it's impossible to magically "add more resolution" to a 600x600px image to turn it into a 3000x3000px image (goal: print it in around 30x30 cm). (I have done some signal digital processing math,...
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My image has enlarged poorly

i have a picture, that was taken on my daughters camera, that I sent to Walmart online to get enlarged. It enlarged very poorly. I have zero photography knowledge,is there a business that can take my ...
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How do I maintain a high resolution when cropping a photo I want to enlarge after post processing?

I want to crop a photo that I will want to enlarge after post processing. What do I need to do to keep a high enough resolution after cropping in order to enlarge the photo and still maintain a high ...
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Can I blow up my 15-year-old photos to good quality 30″x40″ prints? [duplicate]

I want to blow up some old prints of my children. They were taken 15 years ago on a Nikon camera. I want to blow them up to 30x40" but the photo lab gives me the warning that the resolution is not ...
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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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How did first B&W enlargers work?

I made some researches online to try to understand how the first enlargers worked. I think that first enelargers started being used in the 1880s, considering kodak produced its first camera in 1888. ...
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How does enlargement affect resolution in the digital negative process?

I was wondering recently about the digital negative process and was surprised to see very little on here relating to it. As I understand it, most people use it to create contact prints of monochrome ...
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How to get the largest size file possible from my DSLR for a large advertisement print?

For this first time, I am putting images on larger advertisement piece (8' x 5'). I am using a Canon T3i. When I pull photos from the memory card are the photos in the largest format possible? The ...
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Digitize and enhance a photo from the early nineties

I have a photo taken in the early nineties featuring someone who sadly is not going to be around for much longer. All I have is the photo, we looked everywhere for the negative but it couldn't be ...
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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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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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Why are my enlarged darkroom prints out of focus on edges?

I have a small darkroom where I've just started making B&W prints from 4x5 negatives. Even when the negative is very in focus from edge to edge, and scans nicely, when I print 8x10 with my ...
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Darkroom 8x10 prints aren't as sharp as 4x5 negatives

I have a small darkroom where I've just started making B&W prints from 4x5 negatives. Even when the negative is very in focus, and scans nicely, when I print 8x10 with my enlarger the details aren'...
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Easel hangs off the enlarger baseboard - how to keep the easel level?

I am setting up my first darkroom. I purchased an Omega D2 and an 11x14 enlarging easel that takes up 14x17. I immediately noticed that when I tried to position the easel under the image, most print ...
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What makes a good enlarging easel?

I see enlarging easels on eBay for $20 and for $400. I couldn't fathom what features would make what is essentially just a board worth 2000% as much as another board, provided they are both flat. What ...
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How is Perfect Resize compared to Photoshop for image enlargement?

I'm thinking about buying Perfect Resize to enlarge all types of images, specially photographs. I'm planning to do so mostly for high quality prints. I've been using Photoshop all my life to do that ...
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Is it safe to use rodinal or some other developer in the bath tub?

I am thinking of developing film and prints en-masse in a modern ceramic bath tub. Is it safe to use developers like Rodinal assuming the bath tub is going to be used for baths later? Rodinal is ...
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Best software for upsampling to about 2x?

I have some high-quality RAW files I've processed (some cropping, contrast adjustment, etc.). I need to have them printable at about twice the size I get with the ppi set to 240. I've been looking ...
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Preparing enlargements of raw pictures for professional printing?

If one is having large prints made by a professional printer (say, 3' square or more), does one... (1) ...take care of the enlargement in Photoshop (upsampling to necessary dpi in raw before ...
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Is there a formula for calculating exposure when enlarging prints?

I'm curious if there is a formula to determine my exposure in the dark room. Suppose my print comes out perfectly with the following: 8 seconds f/11 height of 8 +3 contrast filter Is there a ...