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needle cord type texture over the whole film after development. FP4.

I am developing a backlog of black and white films as I haven't had access to my darkroom for a while. I am doing Fp4 - 120 - taken with a Yashica and developing in the same tank using Rodinal / ...
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How to make negatives from digitized black and white photographs?

I have some old digital black and white photographs on my computer that I would like to turn into negatives. These are scans of old B&W photographs and I want to convert them to negatives for ...
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Why are there little white dots on my bw negative, and how can I fix it?

I've been deving some bw film at home, but on one of my negatives there are a lot of little white spots everywhere. Why has this happened, how can I prevent it from happening again, and how can I fix ...
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How to keep sheet negatives clean in storage?

I currently store my 4x5 negatives in archival sheets with 4x5 pockets, like this one: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/43007-REG/Print_File_PF454B100_Archival_Storage_Page_for.html I store ...
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What resolution can I reach with a B/W paper negative?

I would like to expose some B/W chemical photopaper directly in a large format camera to obtain paper negatives. What is the maximum effective resolution I could obtain on said paper? assuming a ...
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What is the best way to store slides?

I am aware that this question may have been asked many times, but what is a good way to store and preserve slides that were taken after 1980? I am well aware that slides should be stored in a cool, ...
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What material for producing negative to use in cyanotype printing?

A friend of mine is planning to have a go at some cyanotype printing, but he's a little unsure of which material to use for the negative. He's conducted a lot of research, but the source material is ...
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How did the calotype process produce a translucent negative image?

I'm studying calotypes and cyanotypes. Their major contribution to the development of photography was the fact that they could be easily copied. The original negative could be used to create as ...
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Trying to identify these negative sizes

I recently got my grubby little mitts on a binder full of my grandparents' negatives from around the time of WW II. I plan to buy a proper negative scanner, but while I can recognize the classic 35 mm,...
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How was the cyan cast of C-41 negatives originally removed?

I just developed some C-41 negatives the other day, and previewed them with my phone on negative image mode. All the images have a fairly strong cyan cast. Looking online at other negatives people ...
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Handling negative images in lightroom with profiles

I am imaging a lot of old negatives. You can invert the tone curve in lightroom and get a usable image, but having done so the sliders do not work as expected, some backwards, some just wacky. You ...
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How to get accurate color and contrast when scanning shots with no black or white point present?

To correct the initial color balance and remove the orange mask of a scanned color negative we would normally set black and white levels to just barely clip each color channel. This works fine with ...
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Clean film negatives heavily contaminated with wet paper made negative cases

I put my film stripes too early in my paper made negative cases. Even more, i put a couple of heavy books on those cases to quickly flatten the film. The result: the film got stuck - more precisely: ...
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How long do developed negatives last?

While spring cleaning, I encountered some 35mm color negatives which were developed roughly 10 to 15 years ago. Could they have lasted that long stored in a cardboard box for all those years? They ...
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How to invert color negative “scan” via DSLR without clipping the red channel?

I am trying to convert color negatives into positives and struggling with removing the orange mask and getting usable colour after inverting. It seems that I constantly clip the red channel no ...
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Why am I getting vertical black bands across my negatives and how can I prevent this?

Recently shot and developed two rolls of Kentmere 400 35mm b&w film, using a Minolta X-570 SLR. There are thick black bands of various sizes cutting vertically across my negatives. They seem to ...
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What can be done about sloppy cut negatives?

I recently picked up my ten rolls of film from the local lab, which previously has done a fine enough job developing my film, but this this time whoever cut the negatives really did a poor job -- many ...
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Can a regular scanner be used to scan negatives?

I have some black and white negatives from 1952 period. I tried to scan them on a regular flatbed scanner, but I am getting very little signal, the image has all the levels compressed into a very ...
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How to separate and clean waterlogged negatives?

My photo boxes were waterproof but that meant they held the water the AC filled them with. I had to throw out all the prints but I have saved the negatives with seem to have grown to the sleeves. ...
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How were negatives backed up prior to the availability of inexpensive scanners?

Prior to scanners becoming a commodity, how did photographers make duplicates\backups of their negatives? For example, if a wedding photographer's shop burned down, how did they recover? Or was it a ...
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How can I get this “brushed background” but clear subject effect by manipulating film negatives?

I was recently inspired by the works of Davis Ayer, who manipulates film to achieve a very unique look. I have been manipulating film negatives myself, but I have yet to learn how to achieve these ...
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What should I use to reassemble single 35mm film negatives into strips for scanning?

I am beginning to scan my negatives. From my early days of photography some 50 years ago I have found in my archives single 35mm negs that I want to reassemble into a strip to scan. How can I ...
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How can Walter Mitty examine the negatives of photos in the bright sunny day?

This may be a naive question, as I am not familiar with photography using negatives storing the photo images. So in the film of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", Walter Mitty examines the negatives ...
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What is it called when you intentionally expose a film negative during development?

Back in the film days, there was technique of exposing a negative, while it was being developed, which distorted the image, sometime very strikingly. This manipulation had a name, which I cannot ...
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How to reverse engineer digital color composite picture from glass negatives?

Below is an old photograph of a railroad bridge (digital color composite from digital file from glass neg.) How can I restore the original from it? detail of digital file showing single frame from ...
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How much post processing advantage is gained when scanning 35mm negatives as TIFF rather than JPG?

I am sending some C41 colour film to be developed. I'm not going to be requesting any prints, just scans of the negative to CD. I can choose between high resolution, high quality JPG or TIFF. The ...
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How do I develop black and white film myself? [duplicate]

I have recently got a film SLR and I have shot a lot of pictures (say like 6 rolls in a weeks time). To develop these pictures in my area takes up to a week or two.... so what struck my head was to ...
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What causes flat-looking negatives while developing film?

My classmate developed a roll of 100 TMAX 35mm B/W, and some of them came out looking flat, but not all. What could account for this?
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How to expose film negative without an enlarger?

In this article, the author mentioned that the enlarger is not necessary in the printing workflow. This device (enlarger) is used for creating an enlarged image from your negatives, to be exposed ...
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How can I invert part of a photo?

Is there an easy way to invert part of a photo in software? Is there a good image viewer that does that?
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How to proceed after having developed the negatives?

There are a lot of excellent questions (and answers!) about the process of developing (BW) film at home. I would like to try my hand at it, too. But it's not exactly clear how to proceed after ...
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Is it better to scan negatives or prints?

I've been wondering this for awhile now. Is it better to scan a 35mm negative, or a larger print from the negative? Which will provide a better scan? Does this change when moving to a larger film, ...
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Why does colour negative film have an orange mask?

I've noticed that developed colour negatives usually have an orange layer. Is this an artifact of an old printing process, required by the chemistry, or is there some other benefit to it?
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What is the easiest way to preserve old glass plate negatives?

I'm visiting my folks in France and our new 80 years old neighbor mentioned today that she has a nice collection of glass plate negatives dating back 1875. I can only assume this is what the Collodion ...