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Discussion in 'Silver Gelatin Based Emulsion Making & Coating' started by Nikanon, Mar 28, 2010.
Anyone have any Literature they recommend on emulsion making?
Just how technical do you want to get?
Denise has a great list of books on the Light Farm that you should take a look at.
If literature with a capital 'L' means books, my favorites are:
1) Photographic Emulsion Technique, either edition, by T. Thorne Baker
2) Photographic Emulsions: Their Preparation and Coating on Glass, Celluloid and Paper, Experimentally, and on a Large Scale, by E. J. Wall, 1929.
3) Photographic Emulsion Chemistry, by G. F. Duffin, 1966.
The two best literature lists I know are:
If you mean general info to get you started, there's this forum, of course, and http://thelightfarm.com/, a web journal that I edit. The Light Farm lit list has a number of links to internet-available books.
Hope you give emulsionmaking a go.
Ships passing, again, hey? Thanks for the post.
And a note to y'all: Kirk has made the Wall book into an excellent pdf available at his personal website: http://www.keyesphoto.com/KDKtech-E._J._Wall-Photographic_Emulsions.html
Carroll, B. H., Hubbard, D. and Kretschman, C. M. 1968. The photographic emulsion. London: Focal Press.
This is a very useful publication because it examines the variations of the parameters in emulsion making. It's actually a reprint of a series of Papers written in the 1920's/30's and although the formulae & techniques may be old fashioned the methodology is still valid.
I like Baker - get the 2nd edition. Actually, get any edition if you can afford it. Duffin too - very expensive.
I think there are places that do library "reprint" copies.
Wall - download that from the link Denise gave above for my website - I have a cleaner pdf where the diagrams are actually included that I need to upload... Email me if you want that.
Speaking of Carroll - he has a book from 1980 that I think it perhaps a good one to get - it's fairly modern and not all that expensive. Introduction to Photographic Theory: The Silver Halide Process.
I found a copy for $35 once. See here for some used copies:
And Denise - I think today it's ships passing in the rain for us!
Some simple explanations inclcude Haist "Modern Photographic Processing" and Mees and James "Theory of the Photographic Process". These include no emulsion formulas but do discuss some theory and go over most topics related to emulsion making. Then, in addition, there is "Silver Gelatin" by Reed et. al.
I really liked the chapter on dry plate in The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James. Its also got lots of other processes in it making it a great resource.
I agree, this chapter is excellent. A perfect start for someone making their first emulsion.
Not to discourage anyone from buying James' book; it is a great resource, but the dry plate chapter was written by Mark Osterman, and edited shorter and less comprehensive to fit into a survey book. Mark has published his complete original article, with additional illustrations as well as additional content, on The Light Farm, a free source of information on silver gelatin emulsion making.
Mark and I are having lunch at GEH on Tuesday. Maybe we can work out a mutual thread with more information. He and I plan on a workshop on dry plate this fall or winter.