Printing with Unsharp Mask - Worth doing for 35mm?

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  1. Hamster

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    I just read an article on printing with unsharp mask, find it interesting and would really like to try it. But the question I would like to ask is, as far as I can see, most of what I can find were related with LF printing.

    The largest format I can shoot is 6x9, and for experiment, 35mm will be much easier and cheaper. But is it practical taking into consideration issues with accurate registration and grain size on such a small negative?

    It is worth doing even for 6x6 or 6x9 even?
     
  2. Bob Carnie

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    Hi There

    using a unsharp mask with 35 mm is totally ok, just be very careful with dust and all the rules apply that would be in effect for larger film.

    Donald Miller has a lot of great threads , posts and an article on unsharp masking and I am sure he would be of great help if you run into any snags. I have not done masking for a few years and since I am not actively masking film I think my advice would be from memory, but he is actually presently doing this.
    have fun
     
  3. David A. Goldfarb

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    Contrast masking for Ilfochromes from 35mm slides is a fairly standard technique, so why not other kinds of masks?
     
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    I am sure that doing registration will be much more difficult with 35 then LF.
     
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    Registering 35mm unsharp masks are no harder or easier than large format from my recollection.
     
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    Dear Hamster,

    Give it a try. I think you'll love it. "Post Exposure" has a nice description for creating them.

    Neal Wydra
     
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    Hey Hamster!
    Give it a go. I've tried it and it's not too difficult. The previous advice about dust on the neg is entirely appropriate; the unsharp mask will accentuate these somewhat. If you've got a lightbox, then the whole registration process is made that much easier. Personally, I used Maco 'genius' sheet film (great name isn't it!) and devved it in dilute exhausted Neutol. I got good results.