View Full Version : How to make paper positive from paper negative

05-31-2008, 08:38 AM

I think it is what people call paper negative, and I never did that.

So, I put paper (in pinhole camera for example), expose it, and as result get negative image on paper. How to get positive ("normal" :)) image from that?

Just shortly to get a clue about it.

Sorry for ignorance, but never saw that even if I heard about it.


Ray Heath
05-31-2008, 08:43 AM
g'day haris

really easy, contact print


05-31-2008, 08:48 AM
Thanks Ray.

I just searched internet and found this: http://www.alternativephotography.com/articles/art040.html

It is logical, but I thougt no way to get quality print with that method.

So, I guess that is that... Now, I am going to learn about POP :)

Enjoy life

Ray Heath
05-31-2008, 08:56 AM
g'day haris

it is entirely possible to create a quality image from a paper neg, even when printed dry, or oiled


05-31-2008, 09:04 AM
Thank you, Ray.

Enjoy life.

05-31-2008, 10:20 AM
Contact printing with paper negatives is quite easy. You don't have to use the "wet" method unless you like the mess or can't get your hands on either a contract printing frame or some 1/4" plate glass.

Easiest is just lay down the receptor sheet on the enlarger baseboard, face up. Then put down the paper negative, face down. Then put down the glass to hold flat. With a level baseboard you should get sufficient contact to make a good print.

A split back contact frame is nice to have because if you move on to some of the UV sensitive contact printing methods, you quite often need to peek inside and check progress by viewing the positive. The split back lets you do this without loosing registration.

Your other choice, a non-APUG discussable one is to simply scan the paper negative and invert/mirror in your favorite software package.

05-31-2008, 10:59 AM
i love making paper postives from paper negatives.
when i do, i usually get them wet and squeegee them off
so they are tacky
then stick them together put glass ontop and expose.
some folks love to just turn the (room) lights on and off
i tend to expose wide open and then burn and dodge.

have fun :)


05-31-2008, 11:26 AM
Thank you rwjoung and john.

Enjoy life.