UV BLB and Gelatin Silver?

Discussion in 'Contact Printing' started by Solarize, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Solarize

    Solarize Member

    Messages:
    332
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    Location:
    London, Engl
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I haven't printed in silver for a long time, favouring contact prints in pt/pd. I'm missing it enough to want to start again, but instead of enlarging as I used to, want only to contact print. My question is, can I use the UV BLB tubes currently installed in my light box, or will they be much too quick for silver or have some other adverse affect? Contrast? As I'll be going between processes, it would be easier not to have to change sources...

    Thanks.
     
  2. jp498

    jp498 Member

    Messages:
    1,467
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2009
    Location:
    Owls Head ME
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    If you are using VC paper, stick to a normal output bulb. Most people use either their enlarger or a hanging light bulb to light contact prints on silver paper.
     
  3. Solarize

    Solarize Member

    Messages:
    332
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    Location:
    London, Engl
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Yes, I'll be printing VC. Will try with a hanging bulb instead. Thanks.