I've always been interested in doing PT's but, have never take the first step. I'd appreciate your help.
Where should I start?
What camera or special equipment is necessary?
How many techniques are there? (simple and complete)
Thanks for your help and input.
The SX70 is the camera most people use with Tima Zero film. Check out this site for more info? http://www.frii.com/~uliasz/photoart/polar...ools&techniques
Chazz, I used to do this when I was bored at the camera store and the technique is very simple. If I recall correctly the SX70 film is only used to do the "scroll over" method, IOW once you have the film you grab a stylus and start to paint or alter the image, it is kind of neat but this film will not separate from the substrate.
The kind you need is the film that peels apart once you have developed. I dont exactly recall the name or designation but you should not find it hard to find the information.
Once you have taken the picture and allowed the development time, you peel it apart and you put the picture in a tray with water. Some people add sodium carbonate to soften the emulsion, I never did. You wait for 4 or 5 minutes and then you start peeling apart the emulsion by one of the corners. You have to be very careful and have a delicate touch as the emulsion is very thin. Continue rubbing with your finger and work your way towards the middle from all four corners. Once the emulsion is separated comes the hard part, if you jostle the tray too hard the emulsion will stick and forms a little useless blob....so very carefully remove the backing and with your two hands grab a the emulsion by the corners and lift from the tray and place on a piece of watercolor paper or any paper of your choosing. I forgot to add all this should be done in the water or the emulsion will break.
Thats it, is simple but requires patience and care.
Jorge is correct, you cannot do a transfer with sx 70. However, there are several ways to make transfers. Do you need to make them from slides or do you want to use in camera techniques?
Easy way to remember which film. Those that end in a 9. ie. 669, 59.
59 is a 4 x 5 size.
Lets image that you are going to use a 4 x 5 negative.
Have on hand ; watercolor paper hot press 140 pound. place in warm water. A piece of heavy glass, tile or marble. a roller.
Make your image, pull the film the begin development, after about 10 secs pull apart and place negative on the wet, warm paper. roll firmly in the same direction 5 or 6 times. Wait about a minute (some folks like to place their hand on the negative to create more warmth). Lift negative away from the paper.
You may also place the finish project in a vinegar bath to increase color. Wash and let it dry.
To do slides you would need a special daylab to expose the slide on to a piece of polariod film 669 and repeat the above steps.
There are many many books and websites with more specific information, just do a goggle search. Everyone has their favorite trick. Practice as in everything is the important element.
WIth slides, the brighter and more colorful the easier. Delicate shades do not lift well.
Chazz...if you want a great article on pretty much everything you need to know about Polaroid Image Transfers, I can send it to you if I'm not able to atttach it here. Its written by Holly F. Dupre and is very comprehensive, not to mention generous. I've made many transfers using Polaroid T-59 peel apart with a 4x5 Pinhole camera. For the most photo-real transfers you want to use a hot pressed paper, like arches or Hahnemule Photo-Rag. The more tooth the paper has the more "impressionist" the result. Anyway there's heaps of info in this pdf. If it doesnt load up, E me your address and I'll send it to you.
Larry D. Horricks
Prague, Czech Republic
Looks like I cant upload this type of file...but I just found it on Google: Type in Holly F Dupre...click search...click on link that says Polaroid Image Transfers -- Book
I just downloaded Holly's book. you can do it here: http://www.pacificsites.com/~hdupre/
There are two kinds of polaroid transfer, both about equally rewarding:
The first it dye transfer, which has already been covered.
The second is emulsion transfer, which is a lot more predictable:
To do this, you boil (almost literally) the emulsion off a normally developed polaroid image, then transfer the emulsion (carefully!) to the substrate of your choise.
Example enclosed - polaroid emulsion on watercolour paper: Moved to HERE
And here is an example of an image transfer. Notice the muting of colors and the tonality. It isn't the best example as it was my first ever transfer, but it makes the point.
Here is the origonal (well...not THE origonal...)