I want to get into print making.
Posted 17 December 2008 - 09:44 AM
As I mentioned in my title I'd like to get into making prints from my 35mm slides. And I'd like a little guidance on what equipment I'll need. I already know I'll need an enlarger. It's just that the ones I've seen are huge and bulky, I'd like something smaller and easier to use while I'm still learning.
Also I don't know a thing about prinitng papers. Are different papers required when printing negative and positive? Are different contrasts of paper available? Will I need to do all this in complete darkness?
Thanks, I'll be glad to do some real photography soon.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 01:45 AM
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:10 AM
Since the demise of Cibachrome your only option for slides is Kodak paper. The process is expensive, demanding and requires accurate temperature control of several chemicals. There's no contrast control in reversal printing. You do work in complete darkness.
All in a you'll probably be better off going to a professional lab, or scanning into Photoshop and doing your 'lab work' there.
Have you ever printed black and white? If not, you'll be better off getting experience there first.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 03:50 PM
I haven't ttried any sort of printing besides a digital compact printer yet.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 05:56 PM
- It was more expensive
- It was much more complicated to make a straightforward print
- It was even more complicated to do something a little creative
- One reason for making your own prints is to be creative - and bvlack and white (arguably) offers more scope for simple creativity anyway.
An enlarger is, necessarily, bigger than a digital compact printer, because of the optics. Older black and white enlargers may have a slightly smaller head as they don't have colour correction filter sets, but the light source might not be so compact. However, I think you can get a decent enlarger on ebay for almost nothing these days, so it's not too lard to find the right one.
Posted 19 December 2008 - 07:07 AM
Also, the digital compact printer was just a little joke. I would count that as real printing experience.