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It makes me very happy that so many photographers from around the world continue to use film, work in the darkroom, and make real prints. I think this is especially important in contemporary times since the vast majority of images are created with mobile phones and are never printed.
A lot of people I talk to think the darkroom is limited to black and white photography. There are a lot of options for color photography in the analog realm. For example, you can expose E-6 slide film and either just enjoy the films by holding them up to natural light, place them on a light source, or project them onto a viewing screen. My personal favorite is to look at a sheet of large format slide film on a light table and enjoy them. You can also expose C-41 color negative film and use the RA-4 wet color printing process to make beautiful color prints. The process is very easy if you have a Jobo processor and the prints can be just spectacular. All you need is a color head for your enlarger along with a way to process the prints in the dark (Jobo processor) and you are making color prints. My favorite color negative film is Kodak Portra 400 in all formats. I use it in medium format 120 roll film and large format sheet film.
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