Resources - any level from beginner up

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Michael R 1974, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Michael R 1974

    Michael R 1974 Subscriber

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    Unless this has already been done, I'd suggest some kind of "sticky". I wasn't sure where it would fit best - either B&W film, chemistry etc. or Enlarging. Perhaps it should be in both.

    In the old days, before the internet, people would often read publications by Kodak, Ilford etc on how to develop film, how to print etc. In many cases, particularly for the beginner, these publications can serve as excellent starting points before venturing into discussions with other photographers about how to do things.

    Ilford and Kodak have a variety of resources online. I think they are great not only for beginners but for photographers at any skill level. Unfortunately, Kodak's publications are not nearly as easy to get to as Ilford's. They are buried pretty deep in Kodak's website. So I thought it might be of value to compile a series of links in one place where people can easily find and access them. This is not a comprehensive list of all the available current publications, but I tried to include the most broadly useful material. People can then explore at will.

    Processing film - basics

    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/200629163442455.pdf

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/aj3/aj3.pdf

    Processing - any level

    Pathways to Black and White
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/f2/f2.pdf

    Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/o3/o3.pdf

    Processing Kodak films
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/edbwf/edbwf.pdf

    Darkroom design

    Darkroom design for beginners
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/ak3/ak3.pdf

    Safelights and testing

    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/2011427111757603.pdf

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/ti0845/ti0845.pdf

    How safe is your safelight
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer/products/techInfo/k4/k4Facts.shtml

    Printing - basics/beginner

    Making Your First Black and White Print
    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/20114271321242292.pdf

    Printing - any level

    Contrast Control
    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/2010628932591755.pdf

    Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/o3/o3.pdf

    Storage and care of materials before/after processing

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer/products/techInfo/e30/e30.pdf

    Characteristics of films

    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/applications/page.asp?n=66

    X-ray fog

    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/cis98/cis98.pdf

    Other and/or more advanced topics

    ISO and Exposure Index
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/cis185/cis185.pdf

    Basic Sensitometry Workbook
    http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uplo...en_motion_education_sensitometry_workbook.pdf

    Specific Gravity and pH of Kodak Chemistry
    http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/cis61/cis-61.pdf

    Other

    Fuji tech data
    For all films. Includes additional info. such as simplified definitions/explanations of MTF, RMS Granularity, Resolving Power.

    http://www.fujifilmusa.com/shared/bin/ProfessionalFilmDataGuide.pdf
     
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    A nice set of links. I've seen a few of these, but not all. Thanks for posting Michael.
     
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    Thanks; I'll link them from my FAQ.
     
  4. David Brown

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    I would add books to the list. In November, I hosted a basic b&w workshop and gave the participants a CD ROM with links to, and pdf's, of a very similar list to yours. In addition, I gave them a bibliography of actual books that are still available. All of these (and more) were available on Amazon as of 60 days ago, and I would bet most of them still are. In fact, most of these are even available at a local used book store.


    Way Beyond Monochrome, Ralph W. Lambrecht and Chris Woodhouse 2nd edition 2011
    The Amateur PhotographerÂ’s Handbook, Aaron Sussman, 8th edition 1979
    Black & White Photography - Basic Manual, Henry Horenstein, 2nd edition 1983
    Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual, Henry Horenstein, 3rd edition, 2004
    Creative Black and White Photography, Les McLean, 2002
    The Camera; The Negative; The Print, Ansel Adams, 1995
    The Darkroom Cookbook, Stephen Anchell, 3rd edition 2008
    Basic Developing, Printing, Enlarging in Black-and-White, Kodak, 1982

    I do wish new photographers would read, rather than depending on instant answers from the internet. All of the information is out there. :smile:
     
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    I sort of agree, but part of the idea here was to also eliminate the biases and conflicting, unsubstantiated, or plain bad info in most books written by photographers concerning the topics in the links I posted. Not trying to start any wars here. I'm just very hard on technical books written by photographers.