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Film Gear 20% OFF at KEH Through 12/10/17

December 09, 2017 - The folks at KEH are running a sale on all film gear. They are offering a 20% discount on their inventory on all film ge...
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January 2018 - Paper Negatives Month at Darkroom Underground

December 08, 2017 - In 2018, I thought it would be fun to get the darkroom and large format community involved in sharing our passion and lo...
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Photo Contest For Jan 2018 Edition of Darkroom Underground - Winter Landscapes

December 03, 2017 - I am excited to announce the photo contest for the January 2018 edition of the Darkroom Underground Magazine. We want to...
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Beginning The Testing Process With Kodak Ektascan B/RA X-Ray Film & D-23 Split Bath Dev

October 14, 2017 - I have been testing Kodak Ektascan B/RA X-Ray film over the last couple of years with a variety of developers (Rodinal,...
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Getting Geared Up For Some New Floral Still Life Platinum Prints - Part 1

October 11, 2017 - I am getting ready to work on a special project for a collector where I will be making some fine art platinum prints of...
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Darkroom Digest: Stop Baths - Water vs. Acid

August 08, 2017 - In this article, I thought it might be helpful to compare water versus acid-based stop baths and open up the conversatio...
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Darkroom Digest: Understanding Silver Halides for Darkroom Photographers

August 07, 2017 - It feels impossible for me to think about darkroom photography without at least being curious about the role of silver h...
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The Value of Continuing to Create - A Photographers Perspective

July 22, 2017 - I was talking to a young and energetic photographer recently and he asked me if I had one piece of advice for new photog...
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Laying Out Mounting & Mat Options For My New Platinum Histograph Heirloom Panoramic Prints

June 28, 2017 - I get a lot of questions about the presentation of prints, so I thought I would share some background information about...
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Darkroom Digest: Exploring Divided D-23 Large Format B&W Film Development

June 20, 2017 - What is D-23 black and white film developer and why do photographers use it? I will help answer those two questions in...
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How to Selenium Tone Black and White Film Negatives

May 29, 2017 - You can download the How to Selenium Tone Black & White Film Negatives PDF immediately for only $5 and get immediate acc...
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Large Format Photography Quick Reference Cards Available Now

May 27, 2017 - You can download the Large Format Photography Quick Reference Cards PDF file immediately for only $8. Free updates for l...
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Last Chance to Order Custom Ilford B&W Films for 2017 - Monday May 29th

May 27, 2017 - Monday, May 29th, is the final deadline for ordering custom, unusual size, and ultra large format film from Harman Techn...
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Color Film Quick Reference Cards for Darkroom Photographers Available Now

May 26, 2017 - You can download the Color Film Quick Reference Cards for Darkroom Photographers PDF file immediately for only $5. You c...
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My Thoughts About the New 8x10 Intrepid Large Format Camera vs. Chamonix

May 26, 2017 - I was incredibly happy to learn about a brand new and very affordable 8x10 view camera being developed by Intrepid, a UK...
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The Darkroom Underground Group Exceeded 4,000 Members!

April 28, 2017 - In less than a month, the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group has exceeded 4,000 members and still growing on a daily ba...
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Video - Review of 3 Platinum/Palladium Artist Proofs

April 23, 2017 - In this video, I share three platinum/palladium artist proofs and review the differences between a pure platinum print,...
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A Personal Credo, April 2017

April 18, 2017 - It is difficult to evaluate the status of contemporary photography apart from the avalanche of "selfies" on social media...
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My Mobile Darkroom For Platinum & Silver Gelatin Contact Printing

April 16, 2017 - I thought I would share some information with my readers about how I have tackled the process of developing my large for...
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Update 3 - DIY PVC Tube Development Timeline for Two Films

April 16, 2017 - In my quest for being more efficient with my semi-stand development process for individual films, I needed a method to d...
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Update Number 2 on My DIY Film Development Tubes

April 14, 2017 - I have continued to test my DIY development tubes with Pyrocat HD and the semi-stand process. I discovered something tha...
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Update on my DIY Film Development Tubes

April 12, 2017 - In a previous article, I share my motivations and reasons why I am building PVC development tubes to use in my film deve...
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Book & Fine Art Print Review: Iceland, An Uneasy Calm by Tim Rudman

April 11, 2017 - Iceland, An Uneasy Calm by Tim Rudman is something very special. I purchased of of the 75 signed and numbered deluxe col...
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Exploring New Options For My Platinum Histograph Heirloom Fine Art Prints

April 10, 2017 - I have been testing a variety of developers and films over the last couple of months for a new series of platinum prints...
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New Series of Articles on Film Testing by Paul Wainwright in the Darkroom Underground

April 10, 2017 - In a series starting on July 1st, 2017, Paul Wainwright is writing a series of articles in the Darkroom Underground Maga...
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Darkroom Underground Gained 1,500 New Members in The First Week!

April 09, 2017 - I am excited to report that the Darkroom Underground Public Facebook Group gained over 1,500 new members in our first we...
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Kodak Ektachrome Film is Back!

April 05, 2017 - Kodak announced the return of one of the most iconic film stocks of all time – KODAK EKTACHROME Film. Ektacrhome was one...
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DIY Development Tubes For Large Format B&W Film Using Pyrocat HD and Semi-Stand Development

March 26, 2017 - I have been developing my films (black and white, color negative C-41, color slides E-6) on a Jobo processor for many ye...
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Nikkor-T ED 600mm Telephoto Convertible Large Format Lens

March 24, 2017 - I have been wanting a longer telephoto lens for many years for my large format view cameras. I needed the reach many tim...
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Do You Have an Interesting or Helpful Darkroom Photography Tip?

March 20, 2017 - It is very common for creative people to work alone a lot of the time. I was talking to a friend of mine this weekend ab...
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Devil's Honeycomb - St. Francois Mountains Platinum Histograph Heirloom Print Project - Episode # 2

March 20, 2017 - You can view and purchase my limited edition Platinum Histograph Heirloom Fine Art TM gallery prints or my Platinum Hist...
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VIDEO - Devil's Honeycomb St. Francois Mountain Platinum Histograph Heirloom Project - Episode # 1

March 19, 2017 - Join thousands of photographers and fine art collectors from around the world and receive my exclusive Newsletter and ne...
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Thinking About a New Article - Two-Bath Developer for Roll Film Users

March 17, 2017 - I am considering ideas for future articles in The Darkroom Underground, and I wanted to get your thoughts on one that I...
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Al Roker from NBC Shines The Light on Analog Photography

March 07, 2017 - Al Roker from NBC's Today Show shines the light on old-school analog photography today as he takes viewers behind the sc...
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The Darkroom Cookbook Video Lessons

February 22, 2017 - I am very happy to announce that I am developing video lessons to illustrate and bring to life key concepts from The Dar...
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The Science Behind Making a B&W Darkroom Print

February 07, 2017 - In this article, I share some important details on the scientific aspects of darkroom printing that are good to understa...
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Cleaning Up the Darkroom & Paper Negatives

December 07, 2016 - I am cleaning up and organizing the darkroom for all of the workshops that I am producing right now. You can view the co...
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Thoughts About Starting 2017 With Some Mobile Darkroom Photography

December 05, 2016 - It is hard for me to believe that it is the first week of December. I am hard at work developing a host of darkroom and...
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Eco-Friendly Darkroom - Raising Awareness

December 02, 2016 - ECO-FRIENDLY DARKROOM CHEMICALS I am trying to become more eco-friendly in my darkroom processes and I know that a lot...
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Video Overview: Pentax 67II Medium Format Film Camera

December 02, 2016 - Get my Free Darkroom Newsletter and never miss an update again. Subscribe to my annual Tim Layton Fine Art Darkroom Chro...
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Video Workshop - B&W Floral Still Life Fine Art Photography With Large Format

November 30, 2016 - B&W FLORAL STILL LIFE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY WITH LARGE FORMAT I take photographers behind the scenes and walk them throu...
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Video Workshop - Exploring Paper Negatives for Darkroom Photographers

November 30, 2016 - EXPLORING PAPER NEGATIVES VIDEO WORKSHOP Get immediate access to the full video workshop right now. You get a 78-page c...
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Video Workshop - Intro to B&W Darkroom Photography

November 30, 2016 - INTRO TO B&W DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEO WORKSHOP Get Immediate Access to all of the course materials including a 50-pag...
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Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens Not Compatible With Film Cameras!

November 29, 2016 - There has been a long and wonderful history of Nikon making just about every lens backward compatible with all of their...
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What Are Your Favorite Darkroom or Large Format Photography Books of All Time?

November 29, 2016 - I thought it would be fun and interesting to ask my global audience what their two favorite darkroom or large format pho...
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Feature Article & Movie: Large Format Photography of Stéfane France - Arenberg France

November 29, 2016 - I am excited to share the large format work of Stéfane France with you. Stéfane photographed the former coal mine and mi...
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It is Difficult to Be Simple in Modern Times - But it is Possible

November 29, 2016 - In our technology-driven busy world, it seems increasingly difficult to be still, quiet, and peaceful. When I visit a ma...
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Infrared Video - Developing the Dahlia Plate I Paper Negative by Inspection

October 30, 2016 - In this infrared video, I show you the development of the paper negative for the Dahlia Plate I print. You can view the...
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Darkroom Digest: New Chamonix Whole Plate Camera

October 13, 2016 - I have been waiting for a long time for my Chamonix Whole Plate View Camera to arrive and today was the day! I snapped...
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Darkroom Digest: How I Calculate Bellows Factors & Magnification Ratios

October 02, 2016 - One of the reasons, among many, that I love large format view cameras is the ability to use a single lens for regular an...
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Darkroom Digest: My Eco-Friendly B&W Film Developer Formulas

October 01, 2016 - I have written about two different black and white developers that I use in previous articles (D76-Eco, D-23-Eco). In th...
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Darkroom Digest: Exploring Metol Developing Agent and The Historic D-23 Developer Formula

September 30, 2016 - Before I discuss M etol specifically, I thought it would be helpful to provide a quick overview on the role of black and...
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Darkroom Digest: A Formal Description of the Silver Gelatin Photographic Process

September 29, 2016 - As the world of photography continues at breakneck speed into the digital realm, I thought it would be fun to publish a...
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Darkroom Digest: The Function of Gelatin in Classic Darkroom Photography

September 28, 2016 - Arguably one of the most important inventions in photography was gelatin. Even though the masses have followed the trail...
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Darkroom Digest: Starting the Design Process For My Dry Plate Drying Box

September 27, 2016 - Now that my new darkroom is completed, I am starting back on my mission to make silver gelatin emulsion from raw materia...
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Darkroom Digest: Testing Fixers in the Darkroom

September 26, 2016 - I get a lot of questions from photographers on how to know if the stop and/or fixing bath has been exhausted. I don't us...
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Darkroom Digest: Results From My Aspect Ratio Poll

September 25, 2016 - I created two polls yesterday and asked my social media network to cast their votes. In the fist poll, I presented two p...
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Darkroom Digest: The High-Level Steps For Making Silver Gelatin Emulsions

September 24, 2016 - I thought it would be a good idea to provide a high-level overview of the emulsion-making process so that in future arti...
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Announcing The Tim Layton Fine Art Affiliate Program for Photographers

September 23, 2016 - I am super excited to help fellow photographers earn money by referring my video workshops. You get to make a passive i...
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Darkroom Digest: Restarting My Journey With Silver Gelatin Dry Plates

September 23, 2016 - After a year of building my house and my new darkroom totally off the grid, I can finally get back to work. It has been...
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Darkroom Digest: The Stories Behind 18% Gray & Metering

September 22, 2016 - Have you ever wondered where the 18% gray theory originated as it relates to metering? I've heard a couple different st...
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Darkroom Digest: Understanding & Calculating Relative Depth of Field

September 21, 2016 - Have you ever wanted to compare the depth of field of two different lenses? I am going to share a very simple formula w...
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Darkroom Digest: Scouting Stegall Mountain for Large Format Landscapes

September 20, 2016 - ​In today's article, I thought I would share how I use my Viewfinder iPhone app for my iPhone to scout for large format...
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Darkroom Digest: How to Make an Eco-Friendly D-76 B&W Film Developer

September 19, 2016 - In a previous article, I introduced the concept of eco-friendly darkroom chemicals. One of my favorite developers of all...
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Darkroom Digest: Exploring Eco-Friendly Darkroom Chemicals

September 18, 2016 - As many of my readers know, I live full time off the grid where I work and live. Using environmentally friendly solutio...
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Darkroom Digest: Exploring the Difference Between Taking Photos and Creating Art

September 17, 2016 - In this edition of Darkroom Daily Digest, I want to discuss and explore the mindset of "taking" photos versus "creating"...
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Darkroom Digest: My Favorite Large Format Photography iPhone App

September 16, 2016 - Who says I don't embrace and like digital technology! My absolute favorite large format photography application for my m...
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Darkroom Digest: Large Format Photography is an Escape From the Modern Busy World

September 15, 2016 - The "slowness" of traditional large format photography is a sort of heaven on earth for me. The modern world is effectiv...
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Darkroom Digest: My Platinum Print Developer

September 14, 2016 - I get a lot of questions about my platinum prints and how I achieve my "look". Long story short, it comes down to a few...
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Darkroom Digest: Black and White Film Developers

September 13, 2016 - I have been developing film in the darkroom for decades. I started developing my black and white film in the darkroom an...
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Exploring Paper Negatives for Darkroom Photographers Video Course by Tim Layton

September 05, 2016 - I received a lot of feedback on the next course that my readers and followers wanted developed next and the vote is in!...
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Thank You! - DIY UV Printer Video Course & What Do You Want Developed Next?

August 30, 2016 - I wanted to say thank you to all of the photographers that have purchased my DIY UV Printer course that I released earli...
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How to Read A Black and White Film Negative

August 18, 2016 - The reason why we expose and develop our films is to tell stories via our photographs. It makes sense that we want to h...
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This is Your Opportunity to Get the Darkroom Courses You Want Developed

August 18, 2016 - If there is enough demand, I am happy to make the significant investment in developing and producing a wide range of vid...
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DIY UV Printer Video Course for Alternative Photographers

August 17, 2016 - DIY UV PRINTER VIDEO WORKSHOP FOR ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS I am really excited to offer the DIY UV Printer Video Works...
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Film is Alive and Well as Evidenced by the New Jobo CPE-3 Processor!

August 15, 2016 - As an advocate for the arts, photographic film, and darkroom photography, I am super excited that Jobo has developed a b...
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Subscribe to the Best Newsletter on the Planet for Darkroom Photographers

August 14, 2016 - Get my Free Darkroom Newsletter and never miss an update again. Subscribe to my annual Tim Layton Fine Art Darkroom Chro...
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How To Calculate New Exposure Times for Different Size Enlargements in the Darkroom

August 05, 2016 - I received a great question from one of my Darkroom Newsletter Subscribers (thanks, Rey) and I thought I would create a...
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Video - How to Use the Pentax Digital Spot Meter for Black and White Film Photography

August 05, 2016 - In this video, I show photographers how to use the vintage Pentax digital spot meter modified for the zone system for bl...
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Download Your Free Large Format Lens Conversion Chart Now

August 05, 2016 - Modern photographers today have more choices than ever before when it comes to creative tools and photographic mediums....
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Download Your Free Darkroom Development Conversion Chart Now

August 04, 2016 - If you are an old timer or just getting started with developing film in the darkroom, sooner rather than later you will...
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Video Update - Off the Grid Darkroom

August 04, 2016 - In this video, I share an update on my progress building my new darkroom off the grid. What does that mean exactly? It m...
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Making Custom Handmade Reclaimed Wood Frames for my St. Francois Mountain Project

June 19, 2016 - In this short video, I share an overview of the steps I have to do to create handmade frames for my St. Francois Mountai...
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First Artist Proof From My St. Francois Mountain Platinum Histograph Heirloom Fine Art Print Project

June 18, 2016 - In this brief video, I share the making of my first artist proof for my St. Francois Mountain Platinum Histograph Heirlo...
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Video of My First Pure Platinum Print on Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag Paper

June 12, 2016 - In this brief video, I show the development of my first test print on the Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag paper. The print was m...
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Darkroom Digest: Platinum Printmaking - A Chemical Introduction

June 11, 2016 - The platinum printmaking process is considered to be a developing-out process. The image appears when the developer is a...
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Platinum Printing Overview

June 01, 2016 - PLATINUM PRINTING OVERVIEW Platinum printing is one of the oldest photographic processes, dating back to the 1870’s. It...
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My First Project in my New Off Grid Darkroom - Ancient St. Francois Mountains

May 02, 2016 - I have officially moved to my land and the new off-grid darkroom that I have been building for the last six months. Thin...
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Check Out My 30 Year Old Photo Desktop Printer

April 25, 2016 - I am always seeing new advertisements for the next best "desktop photo printer" and I laugh to myself because I have bee...
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New Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper

April 17, 2016 - I am very excited because there is a new paper for platinum printing. If you have never tried platinum printing, then th...
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New Video - Off Grid Darkroom Project Update 04/15/2016

April 16, 2016 - I am just two or three weeks away from having my new darkroom up and running. It is a special project because it is comp...
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Black and White Darkroom Resource Glossary

April 11, 2016 - I found a very good thread over on APUG that I thought could be useful for darkroom photographers. I have consolidated t...
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How to Determine Your ISO Rating for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black & White Paper

April 05, 2016 - Ilford Harman Black and White Paper is a refreshing and fun way to create positives on fiber paper directly in your larg...
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My Developer Options for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White Paper

April 04, 2016 - I love the simplicity of Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White Fiber Paper. I like the classic look of this medi...
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Philip Hyde - An Inspirational Landscape Photographer that Changed the World

March 26, 2016 - Very few photographers are able to say they have changed the world. Philip Hyde (1921-2006) is one of those men that can...
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Why I Use Large Format View Cameras in the 21st Century

March 26, 2016 - I am often asked about why I would go to all the trouble of lugging around "that huge camera" when digital has taken ove...
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Why I Choose Black and White Darkroom Photography in the 21st Century

March 26, 2016 - I receive a lot of emails about black and white photography, so I thought I would share some of my key thoughts about wh...
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Reflections About my Future as a Large Format Darkroom Photographer and Next Steps

March 26, 2016 - In a recent article, I shared my thoughts about how I think the incredible options and variables we are afforded today a...
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Solar Panels Up at my Off Grid Darkroom

March 20, 2016 - I am happy to share that my solar panels are now installed at my darkroom and they are in the process of becoming operat...
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11x14 Large Format Photography Trailer

March 15, 2016 - I thought it would be fun to make a trailer featuring my 11x14 Chamonix large format view camera. Enjoy the video and I...
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11x14 Large Format Photography Weekend in the Ozarks

March 15, 2016 - I had an absolute blast over a long weekend in the Ozark Mountains with my 11x14 Chamonix large format camera. I made th...
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Video: Tips on Metering Landscapes for B&W, E-6, and C-41 Films

March 15, 2016 - In this video, I share the techniques that I use to meter landscape scenes for black and white, E-6, and C-41 films. Be...
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New Darkroom Update - March 15th

March 14, 2016 - It is already the middle of March and we are only days away from the first day of spring. I love this time of year and I...
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Update From My Off the Grid Darkroom

February 08, 2016 - It was been a little while since I have posted anything new because I have been working diligently on getting my new off...
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Understanding Color Spectrum for Silver Gelatin Emulsion Makers

December 22, 2015 - Understanding the color spectrum and how it relates to silver gelatin emulsion formulas is an important part of photoche...
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The Large Format Paper Negative Conundrum

December 20, 2015 - As I invest more time exploring the possibility of using paper with a hand-made silver gelatin emulsion recipe, I am sta...
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Adox Baryta Paper Initial Response to Silver Gelatin Emulsion Testing

December 17, 2015 - I am continuing to test the Adox Baryta paper for its response and behavior to coating it with silver gelatin emulsion....
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Initial Test of Adox Baryta Paper for Coating with Silver Gelatin Emulsion

December 17, 2015 - In this video, I perform a simple test on the Adox Fine Art Baryta paper to see how it will respond to being coated with...
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Video - Materials Review in the Darkroom for the Chloro-Bromide Silver Gelatin Emulsion

December 15, 2015 - In this brief video, I show the materials and tools that I use to create my Chloro-Bromide (ClBr) silver gelatin emulsio...
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Materials List to Make the Chloro-Bromide (ClBr) Emulsion for my Large Format Paper Negatives

December 15, 2015 - This is a brief article to provide an update on the making of the ClBr (Chloro-Bromide) silver gelatin emulsion for my l...
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New Facebook Group - Silver Gelatin Emulsion Makers

December 14, 2015 - Please join me in a new Facebook group that I created to bring together traditional photographers to share and discuss t...
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Making Silver Gelatin Emulsion is an Art Within at Art

December 14, 2015 - As I continue my journey of making my own silver gelatin emulsion from raw materials, I am quickly realizing that making...
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Getting Closer to Making some Chloride Bromide (ClBr) Emulsion for Large Format Paper Negatives

December 09, 2015 - I am having a blast working through the process of finding a suitable paper substrate for some hand made paper negatives...
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New Movie for Explore Nature with Tim Layton Subscribers

December 08, 2015 - Subscribe Now I am super excited to publish a new video diary of my most recent trip through the Ozark mountain region...
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The Journey of Simplicity for a Large Format Analog Photographer is Sometimes Complicated

December 08, 2015 - INTRODUCTION As I continue to build out my off the grid cabin and darkroom, I challenge myself to find ways to simplify...
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Book Review - The Light Farm, Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions

December 08, 2015 - It isn't often that I review darkroom photography books, but I felt a sense of duty to make my readers aware of the new...
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Initial Testing of Papers to Identify a Paper Negative Candidate

December 07, 2015 - I am starting the process of trying to identify potential papers that could work for paper negatives. I will be making m...
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First Steps in Exploring Dry Plates - Dry Plates for Babies

December 07, 2015 - If you have ever thought about making your own dry plate glass negatives, then this article is for you. With the approac...
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Tested an LED Light Bulb for Contact Printing in the Darkroom

December 06, 2015 - I have been using incandescent light bulbs in the darkroom for over 30 years to make contact prints. I was motivated to...
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Video - Making a Large Format Contact Print with a Paper Negative Using the Split-Grade Method

December 06, 2015 - In this 22 minute video, I take you through the process of creating an 8x10 large format contact print from a paper nega...
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New Variable Contrast Printing Solution for Contact Printing at my Off the Grid Darkroom

December 05, 2015 - As I continue to continue to build my off the grid cabin and darkroom, I am thinking through things that I need for my w...
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Selling Some Photo Gear on eBay to Fund my Off the Grid Darkroom and Cabin

November 27, 2015 - Hi, I wanted to let my readers know that I am starting to post some listings on eBay for some of my photo gear. I have t...
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What Would You Like to Learn as a Traditional Analog Photographer?

November 26, 2015 - I am about to release two new video workshops, one on how to test large format film to establish your own personal expos...
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New Mobile Dark Tent for Working in the Field

November 20, 2015 - I had posted a photo of my home made dark box on Facebook that I use in my Sprinter while in the field and my photo frie...
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One Camera, One Film, What is Your Choice?

November 17, 2015 - I was recently talking to a friend and I asked him if you had to pick one camera and one film to create with for the res...
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New Subscription - Explore Nature with Tim Layton

November 16, 2015 - Subscribe Now In a new subscription, I share my personal story and journey as a fine art nature and landscape photograp...
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Thinking About the Type of Prints That I Want to Create at my Off the Grid Cabin and Darkroom

November 15, 2015 - As I start the real work of building out my off the grid cabin and darkroom, my mind is racing about the possibilities a...
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Advice for New Darkroom Printers

November 15, 2015 - I thought I would share some practical advice with my blogging audience that I recently gave to a friend that I am coach...
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New Bed in the Sprinter for Off Grid Comfort - #OffTheGrid

November 12, 2015 - Personal comfort, water, and good quality food make off the grid living a total joy. Miss any one of these three and the...
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Winter is Coming Soon - Initial Work on my Off the Grid Darkroom - #OffTheGrid

November 07, 2015 - Winter is literally right around the corner, so I have to take some initial steps for my off the grid darkroom so I can...
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My Long Awaited 4x5 Travelwide is Finally Here!

October 31, 2015 - I was one of the original 1,026 supporters of the Travelwide Kickstarter Project that originated back in April, 2013. As...
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Alley Spring & Mill Darkroom Print Making - Part 3

October 16, 2015 - In this 40 minute video, I take you into my darkroom as I printed one of my negatives from Alley Spring & Mill. I walk y...
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Why I Still Create Fine Art Prints in the Darkroom

October 15, 2015 - I love when people ask me why I still print in the darkroom and haven't "gone digital". I am not quite sure what "having...
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New Course - Learn How to Test Your Film and Use the Zone System for Large Format B&W Photography

October 15, 2015 - I am really excited to offer a new course for large format black and white film photographers. In the course " Learn How...
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Film is the the Ultimate Master Medium

October 15, 2015 - In this video, I share some of the key reasons why I believe that film is the ultimate master medium for photography in...
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Proper Proof Review of Alley Spring & Mill FP4+ Negatives - Part 2

October 11, 2015 - In the first part, I reviewed the negatives as I was getting ready to hang them to dry. You may want to review that vide...
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First Review of Alley Spring & Mill Large Format 4x5 FP4+ Negatives - Part 1

October 11, 2015 - In the video below, I do a quick review of some new Ilford FP4+ negatives that I created at Alley Spring & Mill, located...
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The Ultimate Freedom for a Large Format Photographer - The Nikon F

October 11, 2015 - The vast majority of my work is created with large format camera systems. I love the creative control I am afforded via...
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Sage Advice for New Black and White Film Photographers

October 11, 2015 - When a photographer starts exploring black and white film and darkroom printing for the first time, I have noticed a few...
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How to Use a Sekonic Light Meter to Determine Contrast in a Scene

October 06, 2015 - In this video today I share my technique that I use to determine the contrast (dynamic range) of a scene. I use this inf...
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Lith Printing my Winter Tree 2015 Portfolio

October 05, 2015 - It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I started my 2015 Winter Tree Portfolio. I have made the deci...
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Baby Buggy + Large Format = Goodness in Darkroom Discussions

October 05, 2015 - In this video, I share my initial impressions of using a baby buggy in the field with my large format photography. Enjoy...
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Large Format Sheet Film Cost Update & HP5 Considerations - October 4, 2015

October 04, 2015 - I am evaluating my standard large format sheet film choices and part of my choice is impacted by cost. Since I did the c...
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Why Large Format in Modern Times?

October 04, 2015 - Why not use large format photography? I am often asked about why I would go to all the trouble of lugging around "that h...
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The Quest to Get Ilford HP5+ 11x14 Large Format Film Figured Out

September 29, 2015 - With the new 11x14 camera, I am going to test and give HP5+ 11x14 sheet film a try. I don't care for HP5+ in 120 roll fi...
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Unboxing of New 11x14 and 4x5 Chamonix View Camera's

September 29, 2015 - The day has finally come! After two years of saving and dreaming of replacing my Burke & James 11x14, the new camera's h...
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And so it begins...The 8x10 Beard

September 28, 2015 - Some of my favorite photographers of all time have unknowingly influenced me to follow in their footsteps. Of course, I...
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T-Max 100 is Faster than Tri-X 320 for Long Exposures - Darkroom Discussions

September 26, 2015 - It may sound a little odd that a 100-speed film is faster than a 400/320-speed film, but that is in fact, true when it c...
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Second Set of Tests with Ilford Direct Positive Paper Indoors - Darkroom Discussions

September 26, 2015 - In this video, I continued my testing of Ilford Direct Positive Black and White paper in the studio with continuous ligh...
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Darkroom Discussions YouTube Channel Dedicated to Film and Darkroom Photography

September 26, 2015 - On my YouTube Channel I create and publish a weekly show called " Darkroom Discussions " where I share my knowledge, ans...
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Update on Large Format Video Lessons

September 26, 2015 - Hi, this is an update on the large format video lessons that I am in the process of creating. My current draft syllabus...
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Testing Ilford Direct Positive Paper with 8x10 View Camera - Darkroom Discussions

September 26, 2015 - In this video, I perform two tests with Ilford Black and White Direct Positive Paper using my 8x10 view camera. I have t...
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The Creative Advantage of Film - Darkroom Discussions

September 25, 2015 - In this video, I discuss my perspective of why I think film photography has a creative advantage over the high-tech digi...
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Metering for Different Film Types - Darkroom Discussions

September 24, 2015 - Metering for film photography is one of those topics that seems to always come up. In particular, when people are new to...
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Large Format B&W Direct Positive Prints - Darkroom Discussions

September 16, 2015 - In this episode of " Darkroom Discussions " I share my latest testing for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White...
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How to Calculate Dilution Ratio in the Darkroom - Darkroom Discussions

September 12, 2015 - I discuss how to correctly figure out the amount of chemical for the total volume desired to be used for any dilution fa...
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4x10 Pano on 8x10 Large Format - Darkroom Discussions

September 11, 2015 - In my " Darkroom Discussions " video today, I review how I modified my 8x10 large format film holder to allow me to crea...
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Using Selenium Toner on Negatives - Darkroom Discussions

September 10, 2015 - In my Darkroom Discussions video today, I discussed some options for using Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner, other than for en...
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Metering for Black and White Negative Film vs. Digital Cameras

September 05, 2015 - One of the things that I love most about black and white negative film is the ability to capture a very wide range of co...
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The Next Chapter - Choosing Mobility over Flexibility - My Personal Journey

September 02, 2015 - My first love has always been working with black and white film, the zone system, and making prints in the darkroom. Thi...
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The Road to Glacier and Rocky Mountains (portable darkroom) - Part 4

July 05, 2015 - The excitement is building as I am only two weeks away from my departure for the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Pa...
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Tim Layton Featured in Missouri Arts Council Article "A Passion for Photos in Black and White"

April 07, 2015 - I am delighted to be featured in the Missouri Arts Council article " A Passion for Photos in Black and White ". A Passi...
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How to Make Your Own Fixer & Stop Bath for Darkroom Black and White Archival Printmaking

April 02, 2015 - If you want to properly process archival darkroom silver gelatin prints via the classic method as taught by Ansel Adams...
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How to Create Fine Art Black and White Archival Prints in the Darkroom

April 02, 2015 - In modern times we are fortunate enough to have had many great photographers come before us and perfect many of the proc...
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How to Make a Black and White Darkroom Print with Variable Contrast Paper

April 02, 2015 - In this article I will walk you through the process of making a black and white print via an enlarger in the darkroom. T...
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How to Make Black and White Proper Proofs in the Darkroom

April 02, 2015 - If you are a traditional black and white photographer then you absolutely must determine your personal EI (exposure inde...
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How to Make Black and White Darkroom Contact Prints

April 02, 2015 - Making a black and white contact print is different from making an enlarged print via an enlarger because your negative...
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How to Expose for Shadows and Develop for Highlights Using Roll Film

April 02, 2015 - If you have been around film photography for very long a couple quick observations come to mind. First, things just soun...
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Darkroom Digest: How to Choose a Black and White Film Developer

April 02, 2015 - Based on the renewed love of analog film, I decided to write an article to help other film photographers with some of th...
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How to Determine Base Exposure for Analog Darkroom Contact Prints

April 02, 2015 - There are a variety of reasons why you would want to determine your base exposure time for your contact printing process...
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The Importance of Time in Fine Art Photography & Storytelling

March 12, 2015 - I decided to write this article because I am hopeful that by me sharing the way that I work, that I can help others be b...
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Film - What is it Made of?

March 10, 2015 - Have you ever wondered what film is made of? If so, you are in the right place. By knowing more about the underlying det...
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Analog Film Photography Exposure Considerations

March 10, 2015 - When thinking about our subjects, scenes, and the story we want to tell with our photograph, there is little to worry ab...
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Diafine - A Black and White Developer

March 10, 2015 - So, what is Diafine? Diafine is a fine grain, full or greater film speed two-part black and white developer that possess...
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Darkroom Chemicals 101

March 09, 2015 - As a film photographer, one of the benefits in my opinion is the hands-on approach that you have in regards to your fina...
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Exploring Methods For My Next Portfolio with X-Ray and Collodio-Chloride Printing

March 08, 2015 - Winter will officially be over in about two weeks and so my mind has already shifted and begun to think about the next r...
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Fine Art Black and White Printmaking

February 20, 2015 - In modern times, we are fortunate enough to have had many great photographers come before us and perfect many of the pro...
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Kodak Tri-X and 35mm SLR — Best Value in Town

November 07, 2014 - As you can imagine I routinely get people from all over the world asking questions about getting started in black and wh...
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