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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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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 Analog Photography Community in 2021 With Tim Layton

December 10, 2020 - I am super excited to announce that Tim Jr. and I have created a brand new analog photography community starting January...
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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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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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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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Photographing The Shannon County Wild Horses Using B&W Film & The Nikon F6

May 02, 2019 - I first learned about the wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri back in 2010 when I was looking for land in the Ozarks...
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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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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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Darkroom Digest: Water vs. Acid Stop Bath

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 seriously think about silver-based darkroom photography without at least being curious abo...
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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 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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Exploring Divided Bath DD-23 For 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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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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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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How I Calculate Bellows Factors & Magnification Ratios For Large Format

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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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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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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How To Test Your Fixer 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 u...
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The Importance of Aspect Ratio & Why You Should Care

September 25, 2016 - I believe that selecting the proper aspect ratio for your scene or subject, especially in nature and landscape photograp...
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The High-Level Steps For Making Silver Gelatin Emulsions

September 24, 2016 - There are five major steps for creating silver gelatin emulsion and I provide a good summary of each of the steps for yo...
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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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How to Make an Eco-Friendly D-76 B&W Film Developer & Why It's Important

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

September 18, 2016 - As many of my readers know, I live full time off the grid where I live and work in my darkroom. Not everyone can or wan...
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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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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 effecti...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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