6x6 and Postcards

Discussion in 'Postcard Exchange' started by jknotzke, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. jknotzke

    jknotzke Member

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    Hi,

    I am in the process of choosing a neg for the current post card exchange. I ran some tests this weekend and printing 6x6 on those postcards is brutal!

    Anyone have any tips?

    J
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Pick one that doesn't need any dodging or burning.
     
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    You mean we don't have to use postcard film (122)?
     
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    I'm with David on this one - when you are printing en masse like this it is easiest to use a simple negative. I've gotten some 6x6 contact prints on the postcard paper that looked quite nice if you want to skip the enlarging process altogether.

    - Randy
     
  5. jknotzke

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    6x6 contact print? Kinda tiny no?

    My problem is trying to get as close to full frame as possible. With 6x6 and postcard paper I've got one nasty looking border.

    My only other option is to crop.

    J
     
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    Crop.
     
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    I used some strips of ruby lith to form a square frame on the Ilford postcard stock. You can find ruby lith at most graphics stores.
     
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    We've had a lot of crops from the 6x6, but personally, nearly all of mine have been 6x6 uncropped. If it's centred it usually looks okay. My last one wasn't centred at all, but I think it still looked alright. Sometimes it looks okay if you do the old "French mount". I have a 4 blade easel and that helps a lot with this, even though I don't really know how to use it properly yet.
     
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    remember, though. It's a postcard exchange, not an Ilford Postcard Paper exchange.

    Why not print 5x5-inch prints of the whole frame, and either dry-mount or spray mount to some art paper? Draw a line down the middle of the back, address it and voilĂ !

    -KwM-