Author Archives: Nigel

Kitchen Process

Working from home does has limitations. This morning I’ve processed three rolls of film and it has taken forever. My darkroom doubles as a studio area and is not plumbed in or permanently dark, so everything is a bit makeshift. Having worked in some beautiful process and print areas slumming it at home makes me […]

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B&W printing – how to stop tong marks

Here is a simple printing tip. Even with very expensive print tongs it is all too easy to scratch and crease prints moving them across the wet dishes of chemicals. Then there are those infuriating prints which manage to slip out of the tongs and land in a contaminating splash of chemicals. With a big […]

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B&W printing – how to dry prints flat

Everyone wants flat prints, to keep in a box or to hang on the wall in a frame, life is just so much better when your prints lie nice and flat. I used to hang my prints using two clips and two weights in the hope the print would dry with out curling. I’m talking […]

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B&W printing – dust free negatives

I spend lots of time right at the start of my printing sessions to ensure I am going to print from a dust free negative. Spotting, particularly spotting out hairs from a finished print, is another time consuming skill to master particularly if the print has warm tones. I clean my carrier glass with lighter […]

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