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How was film developed in the late 1920s?
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My antique wooden Kodak™ day-light loader (ca. 1905) was made with a removable spool of thin (now quite brittle) perforated celluloid with raised rubber edges. The film was sandwiched between the ...

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How do I safety check that there is no light in Darkroom / Darkbag?
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If you are talking about locating a light leak in a changing bag for loading film into magazines and cameras without a darkroom available… Periodically, to check the condition of your changing bag, ...

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All images are out of focus with pinhole body cap
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Your results are GREAT. You show exactly what one should expect using a "pinhole" lens. The reason your results are different from your Google search is because the image that you found wasn't ...

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Is it true that "only photographers care about noise"?
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Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It used to be popular to shoot Kodak Royal Pan X film rated at 'ASA' 1200 (That was fast back in the day.) and "soup" it in Dektol (Kodak D-72 paper developer) ...

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What are these circular splotches on my negatives?
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You have two problems. The one you've noticed is water spots remaining on the negatives when the film has been hung to dry. Re-washing and drying may help. It may not remedy the problem if the ...

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Shooting glass product with embossment
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Two things seem apparent to me looking at this setup. First, the position of the subject appears to be a little further from the camera than the lights. Before you fool with the position of any ...

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What lens characteristics contribute to attractive lens flare?
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A Flair for flare. Flare reduces the contrast of the image captured. It can affect the image overall or selectively. I'm going to make a great leap of faith and guess that you are after selective ...

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How does changing focal length affect depth of field?
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Depth of field is a function of the relationship between image magnification and diaphragm opening. Lens focal length has nothing to do with depth of field. The misconception arises because, from a ...

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Help, Green fog on my photos?
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Your exposures are under exposed. Prints made from under exposed images often have a green fog or tinge. It is an artifact from an attempt to make a "useable" print from a very thin, under exposed ...

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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?
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How do you feel about photographing yourself in the nude? No, I'm not suggesting the typical selfie (selfy?). I am suggesting that you take the project on with all the deliberation you would ...

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How important is it to have a spot meter on the light meter?
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A spot meter is handy to be able to read the reflectivity of an object in the scene precisely from a distance. It is like putting a telephoto lens on a meter to isolate one part of the subject. An ...

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How was this interior room photo lit? Window...Strobes...Both?
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I see no evidence of the use of a soft box in this shot. It is a bright room with a white reflecting painted wall/doorway opposite the large translucent light source/window and the photo is properly ...

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Why do stars appear as circles, not points?
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The size of the "point" is affected by the wavelength dependent "Point-Spread Function" (PSF) of the lens system you're using. Diffraction of light, which determines the system’s resolution limit, ...

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I know what a bad photo is, so why do I keep taking them?
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Your question and explanation involves why. I can't begin to answer such a question here. Nobody can. It might even be off-topic; but, it's one of the most intriguing questions. Every photograph ...

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How does the inverse square law relate to the softness of light for portraits?
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Without getting into the mathematics of the situation which is covered by others with graphs and equations, let me try to clarify the difference between these two different aspects of the lighting. ...

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How to improve the composition of the scene depicting time's effect on age?
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Your metaphor is okay but here are a few observations. Pictorially, in our culture, time flows from left to right in the same direction as we read. Similarly, it flows from the background into the ...

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Was post-exposure perspective correction ever practiced in the darkroom?
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This perspective correction was done all the time. It's very effective. BUT, It can throw off the focus of the image on the easel. Stopping down can help with the focus if the "correction" isn't too ...

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Will the temperature of stop-bath and fixer during development affect the final result?
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The rule of thumb is to keep all processing temperatures as close as possible to each other including the water rinses. The problem that arises with temperature fluctuation is the stress it puts on ...

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Is there a specific term for a tripod on wheels with handbrake in handle?
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Such a heavy duty tripod is typically referred to as a camera pedestal. The wheels can be rotated for turns or locked in a parallel position to track in a straight line across the studio floor. ...

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Are lenses marked with the true focal length?
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In a word, no. The numbers on a lens [except the serial number ;) ] are an approximation for practical use for photography. Individual pieces can be calibrated to varying degrees of precision for ...

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Low-key photo suggestions for fish?
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This image appears to use a single wide diffuse light source above and slightly forward of the subject with a white reflecting card below the lens, so as to not show in the shot, tilted slightly ...

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How can I clean an old metal photographic plate? What are best practices for conservation?
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I recognize these. I've made them. It is a copper printing plate. They are screened for use directly onto the paper, probably in a letterpress since they are flat. They are made by exposing a print (...

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What causes these lines / scratches to appear on my developed film?
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I think your film was processed by hand or semi-automated equipment in a small lab. These appear to be squeegee marks from your description of them. Automated equipment produces consistent and ...

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Wet photography: what's the second choice after silver halide?
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SILVER use in photographic emulsions was a practical and cheaper concession after gold and platinum. While I have never used any of these materials, personally, I have seen prints of plates made from ...

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How can I increase depth of field when photographing through a microscope?
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The depth of field is a function of the relationship between the image magnification and the diaphragm opening (aperture). You will have to reduce the aperture at that magnification or reduce the ...

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Were these Robert Frank photographs made by underexposing in camera versus in development?
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I think it's more likely these photos were taken with a film that was rated at a higher speed, shot at that speed, and "pushed" in the processing to compensate for the "underexposure." Film then was ...

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What is the name of this texture/where can I find it?
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Generically, It's also called a moiré effect or pattern. It is not limited to printing halftones but can be produced with any repeating regular line or dot pattern interfering with (overlaid onto) ...

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How do different developing fluids affect black and white film?
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You're right. I also don't think it's beyond you; but, it will take some time and a few tries to get things as desired. Avoid learning with things you don't mind trashing. The developer affects the ...

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Antique tripods with no leg spread stops - what is the reason and way to use?
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Tripods with leg-spread stops (braces) are best on flat surfaces. Tripods without them can be better (and MUCH faster) set-up on un-even surfaces such as a grade or hill-side. Movie tripods for ...

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A thin camera and a thin lens with a large glass element
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As a rough "rule of thumb," the lens diameter can be up to twice the measurement from the lens to the film plane. This "simplistic answer" is based on the theoretical limit of the "speed" of a "...

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