Thanks, IC (and others)
Originally Posted by ic-racer
To be clear, the issue is not the printing paper moving on the easel, it is the negative (in this case a paper negative) squirreling around on top of the sandwich when I try to set the glass. In general, I'm not out that much, but when you are trying for that "perfect" contact print, any misalignment is too much. I think, in additon to a healthy felt/foam backing, I'll be trying a variation of the tape technique soon. For now, I think I'll skip the "wet paper" tecnique.
This may all be academic in a week or so... I'm checking out a 4x5 Besseler in the next few days. It may find its way to my studio. :)
Still... there is something to be said for those sexy 4x5 contacts I've been working on.
Try a glue stick. Use a dab on the corners of the neg & align on the paper. I think 3M has something like they use on th PostIt sticky note.
the other thing you can do is flatten your paper negative under
something/s that are heavy ... books, sheets of glass &C .. or
if you have a drymount press that is good too ;)
then you just put your flat paper on the unexposed paper
and have no problems at all ...
some people use rc paper for paper negatives
i wonder if they have this trouble too ...
i wouldn't use glue stick or tape ...
it seems like something that had the potential to cause trouble