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How & Why I Modified My Large Format Darkroom Trays

August 03, 2018 - I just went through an easy modification process on my 30x40 large format darkroom trays and I made a brief video to sho...
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Dahlia Flower Tips From a Large Format Botanical Photographer

August 01, 2018 - In this video, I share some of my tips of how I grow and care for my Dahlia flowers that I photograph and ultimately tur...
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My DIY Large Format Darkroom Development Trays

July 27, 2018 - I have been updating my darkroom over the last couple of months and I have been testing a variety of different methods f...
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How I Wash My 8x10 Large Format Negatives in My Off-Grid Darkroom

July 26, 2018 - In this video, I share how I wash my 8x10 large format black and white negatives in my off-grid darkroom. In the commen...
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Introducing Summer Lillies - New Large Format B&W Silver Gelatin Fine Art Print

July 26, 2018 - I am excited to announce my brand new limited edition large format black and white fine art print, "Summer Lillies". You...
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How I Manage The "Bellows Sag" On My 8x10 Large Format View Camera

July 21, 2018 - In this brief video, I share a simple method that I use to manage "bellows sag" with my large format cameras. This is an...
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Darkroom Diary: Managing Curling in Silver Gelatin Fiber Prints

July 19, 2018 - My Darkroom Diary series are a monograph about the lessons that I have learned while making large scale black and white...
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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. My son and I made this new print using our newly updated 8x10 enlarger. "Darkro...
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Video: Wall Mounting My 8x10 Large Format Enlarger For Making Black & White Fine Art Prints

July 10, 2018 - In this video, I share my latest update on wall mounting my Beseler 810V-XL 8x10 large format enlarger for making 40x50...
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Video: 8x10 Darkroom Enlarger Lens Reveal

July 06, 2018 - I get frequent questions about which lenses I use to make my silver gelatin fine art gallery prints, so I put together t...
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Video: My 8x10 Large Format Enlarger Setup For Making 30x40 & 40x50 Silver Gelatin Prints

July 03, 2018 - In this video, I share my brand new setup that I just finished for making 30x40 and 40x50 silver gelatin darkroom prints...
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Making 40x50 Silver Gelatin Prints With my 8x10 Enlarger

July 02, 2018 - I am working on a new solution to make 40x50 and 30x40 silver gelatin fiber gallery prints from 8x10 film on my Beseler...
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The July 2018 Edition of the Darkroom Underground Magazine is Available Now!

July 01, 2018 - It has been an amazing first year and we are excited to start our second year of publication. We have 121 pages of spect...
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Do You Need to Do Less To Achieve More in Your Photography?

June 05, 2018 - The older that I get, the smarter my dad becomes... I am a very passionate about nature, and in particular, flowers, tr...
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Field Video - Hand Staining Photo Rag Paper For Floral Still Life Backgrounds - Video 3

June 02, 2018 - In this third video in this series, I headed out to my land in the Ozark Mountains and used the hand-stained backgrounds...
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Experiment - Hand Staining Photo Rag Paper For Floral Still Life Backgrounds - Video 2

May 19, 2018 - In this second video, I continued to experiment with various techniques and added coffee to the mix. I share my updates...
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Experiment - Hand Staining Photo Rag Paper For Floral Still Life Backgrounds - Video 1

May 16, 2018 - In this first video, I am experimenting with a new way to make some backgrounds for my floral still life and wildflower...
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May 2018 Darkroom Underground Fine Art Print - Rocky Creek Shut-ins

May 15, 2018 - I am now shipping the May 2018 Darkroom Underground Fine Art Print Club silver gelatin large format contact print, Rocky...
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You Can Now Purchase Your Film & Darkroom Equipment & Supplies From TimLaytonFineArt.com

May 08, 2018 - I am super excited to announce that Tim Layton Fine Art is now a B&H Affiliate. This is good news for everyone, because...
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Selenium Toning Silver Gelatin B&W Prints - A Visual Comparison

April 30, 2018 - In this video, I show you two silver gelatin black and white darkroom prints, one selenium toned, and the other not tone...
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4/28/18 - Darkroom Underground Analog Photography News Update

April 29, 2018 - DARKROOM UNDERGROND ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS UDPATE April 28, 2018 by Tim Layton Your source for analog photography inf...
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4/21/18 - Darkroom Underground Analog Photography News Update

April 21, 2018 - DARKROOM UNDERGROND ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS UDPATE April 21, 2018 by Tim Layton Your source for analog photography inf...
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A Visual Approach To Large Format Film Speed & Development Time Testing by Paul Wainwright

April 08, 2018 - Spanning the first four editions of the Darkroom Underground Magazine, Paul Wainwright systematically teaches you how to...
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How To Develop T-Max 100 in XTOL Using a SP-445 Daylight Tank

February 21, 2018 - I have been working on creating some new black and white floral still life images for some brand new silver gelatin dark...
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My Journey To Making Traditional Large Scale Darkroom Prints - Episode 3

February 19, 2018 - My Journey To Making Traditional Large Scale Darkroom Prints - Episode 3 In this episode, I thought it would be good to...
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My Journey To Making Traditional Large Scale Darkroom Prints - Episode 2

February 17, 2018 - My Journey To Making Traditional Large Scale Darkroom Prints - Episode 2 In the first episode, I talked about getting s...
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My Journey To Making Traditional Large Scale Darkroom Prints - Episode 1

February 16, 2018 - This is the first article and movie about my journey to making large scale silver gelatin darkroom prints. If you want t...
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Jan 2018 Winter Landscapes Photo Contest Winner - Peter Campbell

January 03, 2018 - It is my honor to announce the January 2018, Darkroom Underground photo contest winner. Peter Campbell's winter landsca...
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Film Gear 20% OFF at KEH Through 12/10/17

December 09, 2017 - The folks at KEH are running a sale on all film gear. They are offering a 20% discount on their inventory on all film ge...
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January 2018 - Paper Negatives Month at Darkroom Underground

December 08, 2017 - In 2018, I thought it would be fun to get the darkroom and large format community involved in sharing our passion and lo...
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Photo Contest For Jan 2018 Edition of Darkroom Underground - Winter Landscapes

December 03, 2017 - I am excited to announce the photo contest for the January 2018 edition of the Darkroom Underground Magazine. We want to...
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Getting Geared Up For Some New Floral Still Life Platinum Prints - Part 1

October 11, 2017 - I am getting ready to work on a special project for a collector where I will be making some fine art platinum prints of...
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Why Photographing What Matters Unleashes Your Full Creative Potential

October 10, 2017 - I have been going through an interesting time in my creative journey, and I thought sharing some of my personal thoughts...
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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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Applying The 80/20 Principle In Your Photography

July 03, 2017 - I have been thinking about the core elements that help me achieve high levels of success and I wanted to share my approa...
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Laying Out Mounting & Mat Options For My New Platinum Histograph Heirloom Panoramic 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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The Single Best Question A Photographer Can Ask

June 22, 2017 - I have been reflecting recently on the last thirty years of being a photographer, and I discovered some things about mys...
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Large Format Photography Quick Reference Cards Available Now

May 27, 2017 - You can download the Large Format Photography Quick Reference Cards PDF file immediately for only $8. Free updates for l...
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Color Film Quick Reference Cards for Darkroom Photographers Available Now

May 26, 2017 - You can download the Color Film Quick Reference Cards for Darkroom Photographers PDF file immediately for only $5. You c...
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The Darkroom Underground Group Exceeded 4,000 Members!

April 28, 2017 - In less than a month, the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group has exceeded 4,000 members and still growing on a daily ba...
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Video - Review of 3 Platinum/Palladium Artist Proofs

April 23, 2017 - In this video, I share three platinum/palladium artist proofs and review the differences between a pure platinum print,...
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A Personal Credo, April 2017

April 18, 2017 - It is difficult to evaluate the status of contemporary photography apart from the avalanche of "selfies" on social media...
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My Mobile Darkroom For Platinum & Silver Gelatin Contact Printing

April 16, 2017 - I thought I would share some information with my readers about how I have tackled the process of developing my large for...
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Update 3 - DIY PVC Tube Development Timeline for Two Films

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 Number 2 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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Update on my DIY Film Development Tubes

April 12, 2017 - In a previous article, I share my motivations and reasons why I am building PVC development tubes to use in my film deve...
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Book & Fine Art Print Review: Iceland, An Uneasy Calm by Tim Rudman

April 11, 2017 - Iceland, An Uneasy Calm by Tim Rudman is something very special. I purchased of of the 75 signed and numbered deluxe col...
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Exploring New Options For My Platinum Histograph Heirloom Fine Art Prints

April 10, 2017 - I have been testing a variety of developers and films over the last couple of months for a new series of platinum prints...
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New Series of Articles on Film Testing by Paul Wainwright in the Darkroom Underground

April 10, 2017 - In a series starting on July 1st, 2017, Paul Wainwright is writing a series of articles in the Darkroom Underground Maga...
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Darkroom Underground Gained 1,500 New Members in The First Week!

April 09, 2017 - I am excited to report that the Darkroom Underground Public Facebook Group gained over 1,500 new members in our first we...
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Kodak Ektachrome Film is Back!

April 05, 2017 - Kodak announced the return of one of the most iconic film stocks of all time – KODAK EKTACHROME Film. Ektacrhome was one...
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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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Do You Have an Interesting or Helpful Darkroom Photography Tip?

March 20, 2017 - It is very common for creative people to work alone a lot of the time. I was talking to a friend of mine this weekend ab...
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Devil's Honeycomb - St. Francois Mountains Platinum Histograph Heirloom Print Project - Episode # 2

March 20, 2017 - Join my Free Newsletter and never miss an update again. Check Out My Latest Books, Video Workshops, and Quick Start Gui...
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VIDEO - Devil's Honeycomb St. Francois Mountain Platinum Histograph Heirloom Project - Episode # 1

March 19, 2017 - Join my Free Newsletter and never miss an update again. Check Out My Latest Books, Video Workshops, and Quick Start Gui...
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Thinking About a New Article - Two-Bath Developer for Roll Film Users

March 17, 2017 - I am considering ideas for future articles in The Darkroom Underground, and I wanted to get your thoughts on one that I...
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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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Bird Photography is Fun!

December 23, 2016 - Bird photography is fun! I have been having a lot of fun photographing birds around my property in the Ozark mountains a...
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Cleaning Up the Darkroom & Paper Negatives

December 07, 2016 - I am cleaning up and organizing the darkroom for all of the workshops that I am producing right now. You can view the co...
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Thoughts About Starting 2017 With Some Mobile Darkroom Photography

December 05, 2016 - It is hard for me to believe that it is the first week of December. I am hard at work developing a host of darkroom and...
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Eco-Friendly Darkroom - Raising Awareness

December 02, 2016 - ECO-FRIENDLY DARKROOM CHEMICALS I am trying to become more eco-friendly in my darkroom processes and I know that a lot...
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Video Overview: Pentax 67II Medium Format Film Camera

December 02, 2016 - Join my Free Newsletter and never miss an update again. Join my Free Newsletter and never miss an update again. Chec...
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Video Workshop - B&W Floral Still Life Photography With Large Format

November 30, 2016 - B&W FLORAL STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH LARGE FORMAT I take you behind the scenes and walk them through my step-by-ste...
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Video Workshop - Exploring Paper Negatives for Large Format and Darkroom Photographers

November 30, 2016 - EXPLORING PAPER NEGATIVES FOR LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHERS Get immediate access to the full video workshop right now. Y...
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Video Workshop - Introduction to B&W Darkroom Photography

November 30, 2016 - BLACK & WHITE DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEO WORKSHOP Get Immediate Access to all of the course materials including a 50-pa...
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Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens Not Compatible With Film Cameras!

November 29, 2016 - There has been a long and wonderful history of Nikon making just about every lens backward compatible with all of their...
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What Are Your Favorite Darkroom or Large Format Photography Books of All Time?

November 29, 2016 - I thought it would be fun and interesting to ask my global audience what their two favorite darkroom or large format pho...
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Feature Article: The Pinhole Photography of Robert Morneau

November 29, 2016 - Over the last year, Robert Morneau has set aside his traditional 4x5 and 5x7 large format view cameras and focused on pi...
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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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Using the Lensbaby Edge 50 Lens For My Flower Photography

November 19, 2016 - As a long-time large format photographer, my brain is wired to seeing my subjects with total control over the focal plan...
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Breaking Out Of Old Habits to Unleash New Creative Freedoms

November 15, 2016 - I decided to write this article today because I have been in a "creative rut" lately. I am an advocate of consistency, q...
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Why Flowers Are Important

November 03, 2016 - I view photography as a tool to help me accomplish two main goals. My primary goal is to raise awareness about the chall...
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5 Tips to Photograph Like a Pro

November 01, 2016 - The tips that I will be sharing today have absolutely nothing to do with cameras or gear. The most common mistake that I...
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Dahlia - Plate I - Reproduction Print

October 29, 2016 - One of the things that I love most about working with analog mediums is the unlimited options that I have to serve my ar...
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Do You Want to Learn How to Create Amazing Flower Photos with Your Mobile Phone in Just 5 Minutes?

October 13, 2016 - Do you want to learn how to create amazing flower photos with your mobile phone in just 5 minutes? It is currently the...
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Announcing The Tim Layton Fine Art Affiliate Program for Photographers

September 23, 2016 - I am super excited to help fellow photographers earn money by referring my video workshops. You get to make a passive i...
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Darkroom Digest: Exploring the Difference Between Taking Photos and Creating Art

September 17, 2016 - In this edition of Darkroom Daily Digest, I want to discuss and explore the mindset of "taking" photos versus "creating"...
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Thank You! - DIY UV Printer Video Course & What Do You Want Developed Next?

August 30, 2016 - I wanted to say thank you to all of the photographers that have purchased my DIY UV Printer course that I released earli...
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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. It makes sense that we want to h...
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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 Newsletter Subscribers (thanks, Rey) and I thought I would create a...
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Video - How to Use the Pentax Digital Spot Meter for Black and White Film Photography

August 05, 2016 - In this video, I show photographers how to use the vintage Pentax digital spot meter modified for the zone system for bl...
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Trying the Manfrotto 400 Gear Head for my 8x10 and 11x14 View Cameras

July 02, 2016 - I have been using a RRS BH-55 head for my 8x10 and 11x14 large format view cameras for years. The head is a wonderful pi...
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Making Custom Handmade Reclaimed Wood Frames for my St. Francois Mountain Project

June 19, 2016 - In this short video, I share an overview of the steps I have to do to create handmade frames for my Platinum Prints. I o...
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First Artist Proof From My St. Francois Mountain Platinum Histograph Heirloom Fine Art Print Project

June 18, 2016 - In this brief video, I share the making of my first artist proof for my St. Francois Mountain Platinum Histograph Heirlo...
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Video of My First Pure Platinum Print on Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag Paper

June 12, 2016 - In this brief video, I show the development of my first test print on the Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag paper. The print was m...
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Platinum Printing Overview

June 01, 2016 - PLATINUM PRINTING OVERVIEW Platinum printing is one of the oldest photographic processes, dating back to the 1870’s. It...
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My First Project in my New Off Grid Darkroom - Ancient St. Francois Mountains

May 02, 2016 - I have officially moved to my land and the new off-grid darkroom that I have been building for the last six months. Thin...
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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 th...
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New Video - Off Grid Darkroom Project Update 04/15/2016

April 16, 2016 - I am just two or three weeks away from having my new darkroom up and running. It is a special project because it is comp...
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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 t...
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Are You Over-Correcting 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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Google Nik Collection Software is Now Free, What is the Long Term Impact?

April 06, 2016 - I will cut right to the chase; I don't see any measurable long-term impact to photographers of any medium regarding Goog...
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Kodak X-Ray Film as a Large Format Negative Medium

April 05, 2016 - We have a wide variety of options to realize our creative vision today as large format photographers. I've used and trie...
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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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My 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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Philip Hyde - An Inspirational Landscape Photographer that Changed the World

March 26, 2016 - Very few photographers are able to say they have changed the world. Philip Hyde (1921-2006) is one of those men that can...
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Why I Use Large Format View Cameras in the 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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Solar Panels Up at my Off Grid Darkroom

March 20, 2016 - I am happy to share that my solar panels are now installed at my darkroom and they are in the process of becoming operat...
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11x14 Large Format Photography Trailer

March 15, 2016 - I thought it would be fun to make a trailer featuring my 11x14 Chamonix large format view camera. Enjoy the video and I...
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11x14 Large Format Photography Weekend in the Ozarks

March 15, 2016 - I had an absolute blast over a long weekend in the Ozark Mountains with my 11x14 Chamonix large format camera. I made th...
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Video: Tips on Metering Landscapes for B&W, E-6, and C-41 Films

March 15, 2016 - In this video, I share the techniques that I use to meter landscape scenes for black and white, E-6, and C-41 films. Be...
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New Darkroom Update - March 15th

March 14, 2016 - It is already the middle of March and we are only days away from the first day of spring. I love this time of year and I...
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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 Cost to a Photographer?

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 to...
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Is There a Link Between "Old Souls" and Incredible Photography?

February 18, 2016 - A friend of mine sent me an article titled "The 6 Most Common Traits of Old Souls" and it got me to thinking. In this ar...
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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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The Large Format Paper Negative Conundrum

December 20, 2015 - As I invest more time exploring the possibility of using paper with a hand-made silver gelatin emulsion recipe, I am sta...
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Adox Baryta Paper Initial Response to Silver Gelatin Emulsion Testing

December 17, 2015 - I am continuing to test the Adox Baryta paper for its response and behavior to coating it with silver gelatin emulsion....
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Initial Test of Adox Baryta Paper for Coating with Silver Gelatin Emulsion

December 17, 2015 - In this video, I perform a simple test on the Adox Fine Art Baryta paper to see how it will respond to being coated with...
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Video - Materials Review in the Darkroom for the Chloro-Bromide Silver Gelatin Emulsion

December 15, 2015 - In this brief video, I show the materials and tools that I use to create my Chloro-Bromide (ClBr) silver gelatin emulsio...
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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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Making Silver Gelatin Emulsion is an Art Within at Art

December 14, 2015 - As I continue my journey of making my own silver gelatin emulsion from raw materials, I am quickly realizing that making...
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Getting Closer to Making some Chloride Bromide (ClBr) Emulsion for Large Format Paper Negatives

December 09, 2015 - I am having a blast working through the process of finding a suitable paper substrate for some hand made paper negatives...
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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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Book Review - The Light Farm, Handmade Silver Gelatin Emulsions

December 08, 2015 - It isn't often that I review darkroom photography books, but I felt a sense of duty to make my readers aware of the new...
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Initial Testing of Papers to Identify a Paper Negative Candidate

December 07, 2015 - I am starting the process of trying to identify potential papers that could work for paper negatives. I will be making m...
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First Steps in Exploring Dry Plates - Dry Plates for Babies

December 07, 2015 - If you have ever thought about making your own dry plate glass negatives, then this article is for you. With the approac...
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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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Video - Making a Large Format Contact Print with a Paper Negative Using the Split-Grade Method

December 06, 2015 - In this 22 minute video, I take you through the process of creating an 8x10 large format contact print from a paper nega...
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New Variable Contrast Printing Solution for Contact Printing at my Off the Grid Darkroom

December 05, 2015 - As I continue to continue to build my off the grid cabin and darkroom, I am thinking through things that I need for my w...
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Selling Some Photo Gear on eBay to Fund my Off the Grid Darkroom and Cabin

November 27, 2015 - Hi, I wanted to let my readers know that I am starting to post some listings on eBay for some of my photo gear. I have t...
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What Would You Like to Learn as a Traditional Analog Photographer?

November 26, 2015 - I am about to release two new video workshops, one on how to test large format film to establish your own personal expos...
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New Mobile Dark Tent for Working in the Field

November 20, 2015 - I had posted a photo of my home made dark box on Facebook that I use in my Sprinter while in the field and my photo frie...
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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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Thinking About the Type of Prints That I Want to Create at my Off the Grid Cabin and Darkroom

November 15, 2015 - As I start the real work of building out my off the grid cabin and darkroom, my mind is racing about the possibilities a...
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Advice for New Darkroom Printers

November 15, 2015 - I thought I would share some practical advice with my blogging audience that I recently gave to a friend that I am coach...
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New Bed in the Sprinter for Off Grid Comfort - #OffTheGrid

November 12, 2015 - Personal comfort, water, and good quality food make off the grid living a total joy. Miss any one of these three and the...
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Winter is Coming Soon - Initial Work on my Off the Grid Darkroom - #OffTheGrid

November 07, 2015 - Winter is literally right around the corner, so I have to take some initial steps for my off the grid darkroom so I can...
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My Long Awaited 4x5 Travelwide is Finally Here!

October 31, 2015 - I was one of the original 1,026 supporters of the Travelwide Kickstarter Project that originated back in April, 2013. As...
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Alley Spring & Mill Darkroom Print Making - Part 3

October 16, 2015 - In this 40 minute video, I take you into my darkroom as I printed one of my negatives from Alley Spring & Mill. I walk y...
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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 "having...
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Film is the the Ultimate Master Medium

October 15, 2015 - In this video, I share some of the key reasons why I believe that film is the ultimate master medium for photography in...
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Proper Proof Review of Alley Spring & Mill FP4+ Negatives - Part 2

October 11, 2015 - In the first part, I reviewed the negatives as I was getting ready to hang them to dry. You may want to review that vide...
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First Review of Alley Spring & Mill Large Format 4x5 FP4+ Negatives - Part 1

October 11, 2015 - In the video below, I do a quick review of some new Ilford FP4+ negatives that I created at Alley Spring & Mill, located...
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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. I love the creative control I am afforded via...
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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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How to Use a Sekonic Light Meter to Determine Contrast in a Scene

October 06, 2015 - In this video today I share my technique that I use to determine the contrast (dynamic range) of a scene. I use this inf...
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Lith Printing my Winter Tree 2015 Portfolio

October 05, 2015 - It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I started my 2015 Winter Tree Portfolio. I have made the deci...
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Baby Buggy + Large Format = Goodness in Darkroom Discussions

October 05, 2015 - In this video, I share my initial impressions of using a baby buggy in the field with my large format photography. Enjoy...
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Large Format Sheet Film Cost Update & HP5 Considerations - October 4, 2015

October 04, 2015 - I am evaluating my standard large format sheet film choices and part of my choice is impacted by cost. Since I did the c...
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Why Large Format in Modern Times?

October 04, 2015 - Why not use large format photography? I am often asked about why I would go to all the trouble of lugging around "that h...
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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 don't care for HP5+ in 120 roll fi...
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Unboxing of New 11x14 and 4x5 Chamonix View Camera's

September 29, 2015 - The day has finally come! After two years of saving and dreaming of replacing my Burke & James 11x14, the new camera's h...
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And so it begins...The 8x10 Beard

September 28, 2015 - Some of my favorite photographers of all time have unknowingly influenced me to follow in their footsteps. Of course, I...
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T-Max 100 is Faster than Tri-X 320 for Long Exposures - Darkroom Underground

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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Second Set of Tests with Ilford Direct Positive Paper Indoors - Darkroom Discussions

September 26, 2015 - In this video, I continued my testing of Ilford Direct Positive Black and White paper in the studio with continuous ligh...
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Darkroom Discussions YouTube Channel Dedicated to Film and Darkroom Photography

September 26, 2015 - On my YouTube Channel I share my knowledge, answer viewer questions and take you behind the scenes and into the darkroom...
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Testing Ilford Direct Positive Paper with 8x10 View Camera - Darkroom Discussions

September 26, 2015 - In this video, I perform two tests with Ilford Black and White Direct Positive Paper using my 8x10 view camera. I have t...
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The Creative Advantage of Film - Darkroom Discussions

September 25, 2015 - In this video, I discuss my perspective of why I think film photography has a creative advantage over the high-tech digi...
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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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Large Format B&W Direct Positive Prints - Darkroom Discussions

September 16, 2015 - In this episode of " Darkroom Discussions " I share my latest testing for Ilford Harman Direct Positive Black and White...
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How to Calculate Dilution Ratio in the Darkroom - Darkroom Discussions

September 12, 2015 - I discuss how to correctly figure out the amount of chemical for the total volume desired to be used for any dilution fa...
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4x10 Pano on 8x10 Large Format - Darkroom Discussions

September 11, 2015 - In my " Darkroom Discussions " video today, I review how I modified my 8x10 large format film holder to allow me to crea...
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Using Selenium Toner on Negatives - Darkroom Discussions

September 10, 2015 - In my Darkroom Discussions video today, I discussed some options for using Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner, other than for en...
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Metering for Black and White Negative Film vs. 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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The Next Chapter - Choosing Mobility over Flexibility - My Personal Journey

September 02, 2015 - My first love has always been working with black and white film, the zone system, and making prints in the darkroom. Thi...
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My New Used Pentax 67II Medium Format Film Camera For Landscapes in 2015 and Beyond

August 22, 2015 - The Pentax 67II has long been out of production since 2009, but I have been wanting this camera for many years. The orig...
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The Road to Glacier and Rocky Mountains (Solar Power) - Part 3

June 27, 2015 - As I continue my planning and preparation for my trip to the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National park, I knew based on...
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The Road to Glacier and Rocky Mountains - Part 2

June 26, 2015 - I published my first article about my upcoming trip to Glacier National Park in the middle of May and it is hard to beli...
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Wet Mount Scanning vs. Dry Mount with Epson V750 Scanner

May 31, 2015 - I frequently use my Epson V-750 to quickly scan my films and post to the web and even create up to 22-inch prints on my...
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Large Format 8x10 Backpacking & Gear Reveal

May 31, 2015 - I have a lot of people ask me about my 8x10 large format gear that I use and so I thought I would publish a new article...
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Smoky Mountains & Cumberland Plateau Spring 2015 Trip

May 31, 2015 - My recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains at the end of April was an amazing time to be there. I planned several stops...
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The Road to Glacier National Park - Part 1

May 10, 2015 - This is my first article in a new series that I will be writing in preparation for my two week trip to Glacier National...
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The Simplicity of Large Format is an Advantage

April 07, 2015 - I was preparing some notes for a large format landscape and nature photography workshop and I had an overwhelming sense...
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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 Darkroom Contact Prints

April 02, 2015 - Making a black and white contact print is different from making an enlarged print via an enlarger because your negative...
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How to Expose for Shadows and Develop for Highlights Using Roll Film

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

April 02, 2015 - Based on the renewed love of analog film, I decided to write an article to help other film photographers with some of th...
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How to Determine Base Exposure for Analog Darkroom Contact Prints

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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Tim Layton Featured Artist at Annual Chesterfield Art Show

March 22, 2015 - I am super excited to be a part of the inaugural Art Exhibit with the City of Chesterfield. My fine art nature photograp...
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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 det...
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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 - A Black and White Developer

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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Exploring Methods For My Next Portfolio with X-Ray and Collodio-Chloride Printing

March 08, 2015 - Winter will officially be over in about two weeks and so my mind has already shifted and begun to think about the next r...
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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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