Darkroom Diary # 32 - Primer For Coating Silver Gelatin Emulsions on Paper

October 31, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Emulsion MakingEmulsion Making In this episode, I take you behind the scenes in my darkroom and walk you through the process of how to hand coat silver gelatin emulsions on paper so you can make everything from paper negatives, contact printing emulsions like the classic Kodak AZO, and bromide-based enlarging papers too.

Starting on November 1st, we are kicking off a brand new series in the Darkroom Underground where we will be walking you through everything you need to know to make a variety of different handmade silver gelatin-based emulsions to make everything from paper negatives, silver chloride contact printing papers, enlarging speed printing papers, dry plates, and even film, both roll and large format sheets!

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Making your own emulsions is the ultimate creative freedom in my opinion and you can use it however it makes sense for your creative visions. 

For example, if you like to capture on digital or scan your film and ultimately make digital negatives, but you still want to make true artisan handmade prints, then this new DIY Handmade Analogy Photography Series in the Darkroom Underground will give you everything you need to know.  

If you want to use a total analog workflow like me, then I believe this is the ultimate artisan expression because we can make different emulsions for our negatives and prints and fine tune all the variables to meet our creative intentions.  

Enjoy this video today and I look forward to connect with you inside the Darkroom Underground and teaching you how to make this silver gelatin emulsions.


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