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    Seeking tips for producing several copies of 1 print

    Hi,

    I have a huge bottleneck in my darkroom workflow when it comes to making multiple copies of 1 print. I usually just do 5-10 copies of a print if I really like it. This is a huge time hit doing the copies and I'm wondering how others manage it. I suppose larger trays with multiple prints at a time, but I hate to use so much chem and my sink is not very big. Maybe someone is doing something I have not thought of yet.. Thanks

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    I don't like trying to develop multiple sheets in a tray so here's what I do. Once I am certain I have the exposure and developing nailed, I expose enough sheets for the total I want. Each exposed sheet is tucked into a box. Then, after all the sheets are exposed, I develop them one at a time.

    It goes relatively fast. Yesterday, I made 22 prints from 4 negatives. A fair day's work, but I got it done.
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    For multiple prints in a production situation I will put a few prints into the developer tray one at a time and then leaf through them for the duration. When the time is up. I remove them to the Stop Bath in sequence and then move them to the fix all at once. Since prints are developed pretty much to finality, time isn't ultra-critical. You might want to add some additional developer just to have enough depth in the tray and compensate for absorbtion but you can use the appropriate tray for your paper size.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    I do the same as Flotsam, and thats been for print runs of 500+ of a single negative.

    Unlike Flotsam tho all prints have the same time in the dev, as I don't print to finality. Although I suppose with older developer incorporated emulsions we did without really thinking about it.

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    I do the same thing... They all go into a papersafe and then I develop in batches. Even if it's only 5 at a time, this system works well. I only use tongs for doing 2-3 at a time... Otherwise I can't manage them.

    BTW, I use disposable latex gloves for the processing part.

    I can do some serious production doing this method.

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    Just to clarify, I move the prints out of the developer in the same sequence and interval that they went in, keeping the times in the dev. very close.

    I only meant that since the development is going so slowly at that point, any slight variations in time will be negligable
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    I print them in a batch and put them in a box like Alex does. However I never print more than one print in a tray at a time. In the past when I have done it no matter how careful I am, there always seems to be problems with development or marks from the tongs.

    Now I'm talking about 8x10 in an 8x10 or 11x14 tray. When doing little prints like 4x5 I will do 4 per time in an 8x10 tray, but never more than one at a time, when it is the same size tray.

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    Once I get the exposure nailed I just start feeding the f*ckers into the machine. If they are small (10" or smaller on an edge) I put them in side by side. If they are larger I put the widest side possible in first (upto 20"). I have produced 100 prints from as many as 20 negs this way in a day.

    On occassion I'll jam the machine and the bleech will get into the dev, but mostly it's smooth sailing.

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    does anyone use these nova processors for B&W?



    I am just wondering what the drawbacks are.. does it scratch the paper, how does it agitate in the dev stage? are they a pain to maintain and clean, etc? thanks!

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    sean -

    when i was printing at a busy portrait studio i always had to put multiple prints through ... the way i was taught was this:

    expose all the paper the way you want it to be exposed, and then process it all at once. you put the paper back to back, and each pair you put between your fingers. you dunk one pair in ( lets say where you pinkies are ) and then you dunk the paper in at the other side of your hand -

    we had tray rockers and did a lot of hand work in the trays ( shuffling the prints around ) and we never had any problems. i used to be able to put 16 - 18 prints through at once and they would come out fine. i can't remember the company's name, but there is someone that advertises in VC magazine who custom makes tray rockers still. they worked really well, all that noise ... i was happy when ours broke, and there was silence in the darkroom for a little while ...

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