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Darkroom Diary Episode 14 (Harrison Jumbo Film Changing Tent)

July 26, 2021 - In Episode 14 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim shares his new Harrison Jumbo Film Changing Tent that he got for the n...
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How I Plan To Use The Heiland LED Cold Light System To Make My Large Format Contact Prints

July 23, 2021 - As I was building out the new darkroom, I was just about to set up an overhead light source hanging over the workbench f...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 12 (Laser Alignment of The Beseler 45V-XL Large Format Enlarger)

July 21, 2021 - In Episode 12 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim explains how to laser align the Beseler 45V-XL large format enlarger u...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 11 (How To Install & Set Up a New Beseler 45V-XL Large Format Enlarger)

July 13, 2021 - In Episode 11 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim and Tim Jr share step-by-step instructions on how to setup and install...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 10 (Darkroom Build Projects Update)

July 08, 2021 - In Episode 10 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, I share updates on two key projects include a new bin storage system for o...
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Beginners Guide To Buying a Large Format Camera

July 07, 2021 - I have seen many photographers want to get into large format, but the unknown can be a major stumbling block. In this a...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 9

June 29, 2021 - In Episode 9 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, I finally got air conditioning installed in the darkroom!!! I share our pla...
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Topaz Mill - Dry Plate Diary June 27, 2021

June 27, 2021 - As part of a scouting trip this weekend, I visited Topaz Mill so I would know what to expect when I return with my 1889...
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Why Following Your Heart as a Photographer Will Lead You To Your Ultimate Success

June 24, 2021 - If you have been following me for very long, then you know that I tragically lost my daughter Abigail on April 15th of t...
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Hodgson Mill - Dry Plate Diary June 05, 2021

June 11, 2021 - Hodgson Mill is located 17 miles northeast of Gainesville Missouri on Hwy. 181 in the Sycamore area. It is advertised as...
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New One on One Analog Photography Workshops Available With Tim Layton

June 04, 2021 - One of the things that people asked me about many times over the years is if I would be willing to do some in person wor...
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Silver Gelatin Dry Plate Developer Formulas Kodak D-49 & D-19 & Bonus Tips and Info

May 30, 2021 - If you are using commercial dry plates, then you most likely using Kodak HC-110 as the recommended developer. While HC-...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 8 - May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021 - In Episode 8 of Tim Layton's Darkroom Diary, Tim Jr helped build some floor to ceiling shelving on the south wall to org...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 7 - May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021 - In episode 7 of my Darkroom Diary, Tim Jr and I got our Beseler 45V-XL enlarger with the Heiland 8x10 cold light head an...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 6 - May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021 - In episode 6 of my Darkroom Diary, I share the progress that I made today on getting my 8x10 Beseler 45V-XL 8x10 enlarge...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 5 - May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021 - In the fifth episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I am painting the workbenches that I was able to salvage from the buildin...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 4 - May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021 - In the fourth episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I am painting the main walls of the darkroom and I share the color I sel...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 3 - May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021 - In the third episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I share updates about WiFi, ADT Security, paint color, and ventilation....
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Darkroom Diary Episode 2 - May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021 - In the second episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I share why I am designing and building a new darkroom and the types of...
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Darkroom Diary Episode 1 - May 12, 2021

May 12, 2021 - In this first episode of my new Darkroom Diary, I take you to my new building where I will be designing and building my...
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New Darkroom - Big Wild Horse Prints - Exploring Options

April 30, 2021 - I am in the process of designing and building out my new darkroom for making 30"x40", 40"x60", and 48"x60" silver gelati...
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Everything Has Changed

April 29, 2021 - In case you didn't already know, I lost my youngest daughter Abigail in a car accident recently. Her sudden and crushing...
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Adox Lupex Silver Chloride Contact Printing Paper + Digital Negatives Part I

April 24, 2021 - I am working on something exciting, so I thought I would share this with you from the very beginning. Last year I made...
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How To Mix D-76 B&W Film Developer at Home & Save a Lot of Money

April 23, 2021 - If you develop your own black and white film at home, then you already know that you probably go through periods where y...
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SP-8x10 Daylight Processing Tray Initial Review by Tim Layton

January 22, 2021 - In this article today, I am sharing my initial review of the SP-8x10 Daylight Process Tray. I develop multiple sheets o...
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Ilford Just Announced New 5th Generation RC Portfolio Paper

January 19, 2021 - I am really excited to share the brand new announcement from Ilford today. They announced they are releasing a 5th gene...
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My Latest Updates To My LED UV Printer For Making Platinum Prints

January 06, 2021 - In this article today, I am sharing a couple of simple, but highly effective updates that I just completed for my LED UV...
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Cooke Series II Variable Soft Focus Lens First Landscape Print

January 03, 2021 - In this article today, I continue my exploration of the Cooke Series II variable soft focus lens by heading out in the f...
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Cooke Series II F4.5 Variable Soft Focus Lens First Print

December 21, 2020 - The Taylor, Taylor & Hobson company of Leicester, England and later of New York, began their production of soft-focus le...
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I Not Only Think Big - I Do Big, My New Journey Starting in 2021

December 18, 2020 - As a large and ultra large format photographer, I think big and I do big. What do I really mean by that? I started in...
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Ansco 30 X-RAY Film Development Formula

December 14, 2020 - The Anso 30 is a B&W X-RAY film developer was originally created for Ansco X-RAY film, Ansco Direct Copy film, and Direc...
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Kodak D-76H Eco-Friendly B&W Film Developer Formula

December 13, 2020 - D-76H is a modified version of the classic D-76 formula. It is my understanding that Dr. Haist was looking for a way to...
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New Vintage Large Format Lens Project by Tim Layton

December 06, 2020 - I have been wanting to research, document, mount, and photograph a standard still life scene my collection of vintage la...
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How I Updated My UV Printer With LED Lights

March 10, 2020 - I have used fluorescent Black Light Blue (BLB) lights for many years to make my platinum and platinum/palladium prints....
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My New Favorite iPhone App For The Darkroom in 2020

February 28, 2020 - A few years ago, I discovered and started using Mark II Artist's Viewfinder to simplify the scouting and composition pro...
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How To Clear Your Platinum & Palladium Prints Effectively & Cheaply Using a 100 Year Old Process

February 28, 2020 - After you develop your platinum or platinum and palladium print, you need to be very careful to clear the print before d...
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How To Make a Simple B&W Contact Printing Setup For Darkroom Printing

February 05, 2020 - In this article today, I am going to show you how simple it is to make a black and white contact printing setup that you...
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5 Advantages of ABC Pyro Developer For Large Format Photographers

January 15, 2020 - As a large format B&W photographer, your workflow can be very simple or it can be fairly complex. I have a few observat...
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HP5 - ABC Pyro - DBI - AZO - Amidol - KRST

January 14, 2020 - If you understood the title to this article (HP5 - ABC Pyro - DBI - AZO - Amidol - KRST), you should consider yourself i...
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Go Small To Achieve Big Things

December 05, 2019 - As we near the end of the year, I have started my business planning process for next year and I realized something that...
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Variable Iris Shutter Lensboard For 8x10 View Camera

November 11, 2019 - IRIS VARIABLE LENSBOARD The Chamonix Iris diaphragm style variable lensboard is a savior when you want to mount a wid...
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How To Calculate Exposure Compensation For Large Format Macro Photography

October 31, 2019 - In this article, I share a simple method for calculating the exposure compensation for any amount of bellows draw for an...
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Does Your Large Format Photography Mirror Your Mood?

October 30, 2019 - I have been chasing fall colors around the Ozark Mountains and the rugged landscape for the last couple of weeks. One of...
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How To Calculate Bellows Extension For Large Format Macro Photography

October 30, 2019 - In this article, I share a simple method that you can use in your large format macro photography to help you quickly est...
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How to Calculate Near Focus Limit For Large Format Macro Photography

October 30, 2019 - In this large format macro photography mini-series, I share three important methods and techniques that will help you qu...
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Large Format Photography is so SLOW - Why Bother?

October 28, 2019 - We all know that large format photography is incredibly slow, even if we weren't comparing it to the blazing fast speed...
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Can You ID The Grain From These Films Exposed at EI 3200?

July 25, 2019 - I've recently been exploring and testing a variety of different black and white film and developer combinations to use a...
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Darkroom Diary: Testing Tri-X at EI 3200 Developed in Rodinal

July 20, 2019 - Last week, I shot a roll of the new emulsion Kodak T-Max P3200 film while photographing the Wild Horses of Missouri. Yo...
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The Technical Details On My New B&W Wild Horses Fine Art Prints

July 13, 2019 - I've been working hard on my new Wild Horses of Missouri portfolio and I am excited to share some of my latest prints wi...
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Darkroom Diary 7/13/2019: B&W Wild Horses Print Comparison Using Kodak P3200 and Tri-X in D76

July 12, 2019 - I decided to try the new emulsion Kodak T-Max P3200 film this week while photographing the Wild Horses of Missouri. I r...
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Fuji Announced Neopan 100 ACROS II is Coming!!

June 19, 2019 - Fuji Announced Neopan 100 ACROS II is Coming!! Back in April 2018, I heard the terrible news that Fujifilm was going to...
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Trying To Use Large Format For Wild Horse Photography

June 05, 2019 - I have been exploring new ground this year by photographing the wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri using my Nikon F...
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Breaking News: Is The Kodak Film Business Being Sold?

February 04, 2019 - According to a new article published by PetaPixel: "Big news in the world of film photography: the Kodak film business i...
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The Large Format Photography Minimalist Getting Started Guide

January 19, 2019 - I love large format photography with a passion and I enjoy helping other photographers learn the technical aspects to ul...
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An Easy Tip On How You Can Instantly Improve Your Photography

December 30, 2018 - I have a very easy tip for you that will instantly improve your photography. As photographers, we are constantly in the...
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How Analog Film Helps Me Create Better Artwork

December 22, 2018 - I have been thinking more lately about my black and white film workflow because I am writing a detailed article in the A...
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Minimalist Large Format Photography Guide

November 21, 2018 - I get a lot of questions from analog photographers from around the world and one that I have been getting a lot lately i...
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Perfectly Imperfect - Silver Gelatin Dry Plates

October 08, 2018 - In our modern and seemingly perfect world, I think it is refreshing to craft images from raw materials. I am talking abo...
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Darkroom Diary: Managing Curling in Silver Gelatin Fiber Prints

July 19, 2018 - My Darkroom Diary series is a monograph about the lessons that I have learned while making large scale black and white f...
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Introducing Darkroom Dahlia - Large Format B&W Silver Gelatin Fine Art Print

July 14, 2018 - It was a fantastic day in the darkroom. Tim Jr. and I made this new print using our newly updated 8x10 enlarger. "Darkr...
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Making a Wet Collodion Negative & Collodio-Chloride Print Tutorial by Quinn Jacobson

April 08, 2018 - Quinn Jacobson single handily revived wet plate collodion over the last 20+ years. I remember watching one of Quinn's f...
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Laying Out My Mounting & Mat Options For Large Format Contact Platinum 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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My Initial Thoughts About the 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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DIY PVC Tube Development Timeline for Two Films - Update No. 3

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 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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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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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 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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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. Do you know what your negatives a...
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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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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 Diary Subscribers (thanks, Rey) and I thought I would create a blog...
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Platinum Printing Overview

June 01, 2016 - Platinum printing is one of the oldest photographic processes, dating back to the 1870’s. Platinum prints are noted for...
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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 t...
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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...
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Are You Over-Correcting For Your Photography and Blind to Your Potential Shortcomings?

April 08, 2016 - In the paragraph below, Ansel Adams shared some interesting insights about himself in his book, The Print. If you don'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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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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20+ Reasons Why I Use Large Format Film in the Digital 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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A Call Out to Large Format Contact Printers

March 02, 2016 - I wanted to send this call out to the large format contact printers around the world and get your thoughts. I am going t...
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Distraction - What is the True Cost To Your Photography?

February 29, 2016 - As I continue to work diligently on my new darkroom, I have had many days and hours to think. I realized a few things t...
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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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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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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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Dry Plates for Babies (Beginners) - Getting Started Guide by Tim Layton

December 07, 2015 - If you have ever thought about making your own dry plate glass negatives, then this article is for you. With the approa...
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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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New Mobile Dark Tent for Working in the Field

November 20, 2015 - I had posted a photo of my homemade dark box on Facebook that I use in my Sprinter while in the field and my photo frien...
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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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Advice for New B&W Film Darkroom Printers

November 15, 2015 - I thought I would share some practical advice that I recently gave to a friend in regards to getting started with black...
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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 "havin...
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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, but I love the freedom of using a mechanical s...
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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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Large Format Sheet Film Cost Analysis

October 04, 2015 - I originally wrote this article on October 4, 2015 because I was evaluating large format sheet film costs and over time,...
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Why Use Large Format Film in Modern Times?

October 04, 2015 - Why would any photographer use large format gear and film when we are living in the digital age? Why not use large form...
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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 have an update at the bottom of t...
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Kodak T-Max 100 is Faster than Tri-X 320 for Long Exposures

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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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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How to Calculate Dilution Ratio in the Darkroom

September 12, 2015 - In this article, I discuss how to correctly figure out the amount of chemical for the total volume desired to be used fo...
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Metering for Black and White Negative Film vs. Using 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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Wet Mount Scanning vs. Dry Mount with Epson V700/800 Scanner

May 31, 2015 - In this article, I share my personal test results from dry scanning and wet mount scanning my films with you so you can...
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My 8x10 Large Format Backpacking & Gear Reveal

May 31, 2015 - I use my 8x10 Chamonix camera more than any of my other large format cameras. I specialize in making very large silver...
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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 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 Contact Prints in the Darkroom

April 02, 2015 - In this article, I am going to walk you through how to make a silver gelatin darkroom contact print from beginning to en...
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How to Expose for Shadows and Develop for Highlights Using B&W Film

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

April 02, 2015 - Based on the continued growth of analog film I've decided to write an article to help you with some of the key informati...
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How To Determine Base Exposure For Contact Prints In The Darkroom

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 de...
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Diafine B&W Film Developer - Everything You Need To Know

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 fi...
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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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