Printing Workflow

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Donald Miller, Oct 31, 2005.

Would a printing methods workflow be helpful

Poll closed Dec 30, 2005.
  1. I already know about this

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  2. Don't confuse me

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  3. Yes it would help

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  4. What are you talking about?

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  1. Donald Miller

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    I am trying to ascertain how many here have a clear idea of the various printing methods that can be taken to arrive at a fine print, when these would be applicable, the process involved, and the effects obtained. By this I mean contrast enhancement masks, contrast reduction masks, unsharp masking, shadow and highlight masking, paper pre flashing (overall and local), split grade printing, etc.

    I'm trying to determine if there is a need for a guide on this and whether I want to do an article on this. What I have in mind is a fairly intensive work flow chart to enable one to determine when the various methods are best used.
     
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    I would love to see such a thing

    Pete
     
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    Sounds great to me.
     
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    I have a method that works for me, but I have often found that when reviewing others methods, it turns out that there is something more to learn. Any info on this subject will always be welcome.

    - Randy
     
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    Donald,

    As detailed and complete as your previous comments have been on other subjects, I look forward to reading your thoughts here. Thank you for offering.

    John Powers
     
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    I am ALWAYS in need of help. :D
     
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    An interesting and well writen article, is always welcome!
    I`m waiting.

    Cheers

    André
     
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    Donald if you have the time and patience to put this together, I think it would be very helpful to those of us without any formal training.
     
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    Donald, of all the various techniques you've mentioned in that post I'm only vaguely familiar with the existence of split grade printing. I think an article or guide on this topic would be immensely helpful. Thank you for seriously considering making such a contribution to the community.
     
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    Maybe, Donald, a step by step on-line course (per item, one item a month) here on APUG, only accessable for the subscribers, with many examples and many (digi-)photo's from 'how you do it' and many results with the difference 'before and after'???

    Only a suggestion... :smile:
     
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    "What I have in mind is a fairly intensive work flow chart to enable one to determine when the various methods are best used."

    I am absolutely interested in learning more about the fine print work flow and decision-making processes. I have only read about some of the advanced techniques you mentioned. I have little clue as to when to use them or apply them.

    Thank you for even considering such an undertaking!

    Blessings, Krystyna
     
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    Anything to help me improve my prints is most welcome.
     
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    I would appreciate reading it. Can always use help in the darkroom.
    Jim
     
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    I know I might need some additional peripherals (hard drive, firewire or USB2 connection between the enlarger and the trays, etc.), but could you write this as a plug-in (ala Bloatoshop) for my D2V, Donald? :wink:
     
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    Great Donald. I'd would love to see this. There's not enough articles as it is. As far as I am concerned please work on the assumption that you cannot insult my intelligence when deciding how simple to make the step by step instructions especially when explaining why things work.

    Pentaxuser
     
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    :smile: well said, I've to remember this one... LOL
     
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    Sounds very interesting to me as well. The only other time I've seen other printing was a beginners class. Didn't know myself what I was doing so it was difficult to judge anyone else's workflow, and that being a group of (mostly) newbies as well. I really want to take an advanced class (no time curently), mostly to see workflow and the printing decision process as undertaken by good printers.
     
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    I think this is a good idea. I have a copy of T. Rudman's "master printering" book but other people's methods are always handy to know. I have been printing for about six months now - using Ilford MGIV RC VC Warmtone - Multigrade dev. LPL C6700 englarger and am just getting to the point where advanced techniques would be of value. Look forward to anything you could do.
     
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    I am just about to try printing (see my other thread where I asked which paper to choose), but I am sure this would be of great use once I have mastered the basics :smile:
     
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    You need to ask???
     
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    Please. I had hoped to get more instruction in the darkroom in classes at school, but it seems that a lot of the stuff we talk about on APUG isn't covered our school's photo classes such as split filtering. Need all the help I can get.

    Sunny
     
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    There is always room for improvement! Good luck with it I look forward to seeing it.