Lets talk about printing

Discussion in 'Film Forum' started by gavin, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. gavin

    gavin

    555
    Oct 21, 2006
    Ok guys, the time has come! I'm gonna start printing in these couple of weeks.
    I got ahold of a Meopta Opemus enlarger and I'm finalizing the whole darkroom at home.

    I remember printing a bit with my brother, but that was 10 years ago and I didn't know a thing then.
    How hard is it? any special precautions or advice??
    I know I'll start with multigrade paper, probably Ilford, but I know NOTHING about choosing the contrast, etc.
    Anecdotes and advice will be greatly appreciated.!
     
  2. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    How cool Gav! You will need 4 trays in the darkroom: developer, stop, fix and a water tub to hold the prints after fixing. Then a tub or sink for print washing, but it can be out of the dark. Ilford Multigrade RC paper with Pearle finish is my favorite - it washes in 10 minutes and dries in five. You will need a pack of ten (or so) filters that fit in the enlarger to adjust the contrast. Oh, ad a safelight. Get the red fluorescent tubes if you can.

    Heh. Lucky doggie!
     
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