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Discussion in 'Enlarging' started by jjprat, Mar 12, 2011.
does anybody know what is Blitz Printing?
Blitz is the German word for flash.
Never heard of blitz printing. I've heard of a weakside blitz. But I have never heard this term before.
Could it be?:
Something to do with paper flashing?
Blitz is a shortened version of the German word "blitzen" meaning lightning. hence blitzkrieg (lightning war)
I suppose it could be when you have a 24-pack of beer in the darkroom fridge (or would that be blitzed printing?).
If you then try to knock out a backlog it could be blitzed blitzing (wasn't that a cartoon character or something?).
it probably has to do with cranking out print after print after print like a human mini-lab --- lightning fast printing
Mass production of prints can be achieved by replacing the enlarger light source with a flash unit and automating the process of paper feeding. As far as I know, this was done in the past for trade shows where hundreds of prints had to be made to hand out to potential customers.
If dodging and burning was required... Well, that was a job for Clark Kent.
I was kinda leaning toward the get there quick blitz. Ie. Mass printing.
I've done this in postcard exchanges. Get it right. Then expose all the paper and a couple spare just in case. That goes quicker as you get into a rythym. Then soup all the prints in succession, again, another good tempo found there as well.
I've done that before, long ago. NOT FUN! Had to meet a publishers deadline.
That's correct, Ralph. I'm not 100% how the process worked but they were also commonly used in the lithographic printing industry to prepare half tone dot matrices.
I used to have a Durst 184 that had originally been in the printmaking department of an art college. It had a (point source) flash head powered by a big 'Megablitz' power unit (so, perhaps, the term 'blitz printing' derives in part from that). I bought the enlarger for £15, complete with four Schneider lenses, because I was the only person who knew how remove it from the small room in which it stood without knocking down a wall...
I don't recall the power output of the flash unit, but it was about the same size as my Strobe 5,000 joule power packs, so I 'd guess it packed quite a punch.
i always love doing that ... my problem is always not enough room to hang all those rc prints ! ...
Tell me about it.