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Large & Ultra Format Film Negative Size Comparison & Why I Choose 14x17

July 25, 2021 - I was working on a new project for my new Chamonix 14x17 ultra large format camera and I was trying to explain how much...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Sinar Copal Shutter Adapted To Fit My 8x10 Chamonix View Camera

November 03, 2019 - I recently had Chamonix make me a custom adapter to allow me to mount my Sinar Copal Shutter behind the lens on my 8x10...
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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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My 5 Favorite Large Format Lenses For Fall Color Landscape Photography

October 19, 2019 - In this article, I share my 5 most used and favorite large format lenses for fall color landscapes. I plan to start usi...
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Darkroom Diary 8/03/2019: Using The Beseler C-6 Large Format Camera For My Wild Horses Photography

August 02, 2019 - Yes, you read the title correctly... I am excited to share that I am using the very rare Beseler C-6 4x5 Press Camera 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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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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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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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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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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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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First Pure Platinum Print with Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag Paper

June 12, 2016 - I started testing the new Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag paper for my St. Francois Mountain Platinum Print Project today. I dec...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Simplicity of Large Format Photography is an Advantage For Me

April 07, 2015 - It occurred to me that our success and failure is linked to our perceptions. I think this concept applies whether you ar...
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