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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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