Discussion in 'Presentation & Marketing' started by Curt, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. Curt

    Curt Subscriber

    Sep 22, 2005
    Pacific Nort
    Multi Format
  2. MurrayMinchin

    MurrayMinchin Membership Council Council

    Jan 9, 2005
    North Coast,
    4x5 Format
    When printing a new negative, I do it all the time.

    I cut a 3.75x8 piece off of a sheet of 8x10 paper (which is used for test strips) then I make a 5.25x6.75 print on the 6.25x8 piece left over, which gives the maquette a bit of a white border.

    I can work through a whole bunch of these before moving up to larger print sizes, because exploring a negatives potential and basic dodging, burning and/or masking needs is way cheaper at 5x7 than it is at 11x14 or 16x20. I let these dry over night, flatten them, and live with them for a while before going up in size. Things always change when I do go bigger, but it sure gets me close.

    Using paper from different emulsion batches isn't a problem, because where I live it's cheaper to order 50 sheets of 16x20 than it is to buy 200 sheets of 8x10, so I just buy 16x20 and cut it down to whatever size I need.

    Being less than affluent (HUGE understatement!) I started doing this when I began to feel I was making final prints before I should have, based not on what the print needed but by how much money I was throwing away into the darkroom garbage can.

    I don't have the book you mention, so I don't know what Edward did...can you fill me in?