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    The more you develop and print the more you will learn what you are doing right or doing wrong.
    Things will get better and it will all come together, so keep at it.

    I have 3 cats, 1 dog and use my laundry room as my temporary darkroom.
    I run some hot water in the utility sink with the door closed for a while to get the humidity up and dust down.
    I dust off my enlarger and negs in another room before starting and this helps keep the dust and hairs down. But, no matter how much I try I always find dog hairs on my fixer tray after I am finished. I always wonder how they get it there, the dog never goes in the laundry room.

    You will get the hang of the printing part on pretty soon you will be saying 'wow that one looks really good'

    good luck

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    Thanks mwdake I'm sure I'll be fine. I was freaking in the beginning with film and now that's walk in the park. Just need to get a few sessions under my belt in the darkroom and hopefully things will fall into place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panastasia View Post
    For now you can hang a wet towel in the room to raise the humidity and reduce static electricity.
    That's a waste of a perfectly good towel! I would suggest wetting the cat and hanging it in the bathroom to reduce static; can't say much about reducing the electricity in the air, tho'.

    Go Sox!
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    Hey Xia_Ke,

    Thanks for the post - it brought back memories of "my" first print, which was amazing similar in quality to yours. I think that simply getting a viewable print on your first attempt can be considered a raging success. Perfection can come later. Well done and keep working!!

    cheers eh?

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    LOL... Thanks Jim. I'll keep that in mind

    Thanks John I guess will all the stories of similar results from others on their first attempts I don't feel quite so bad. Still I was hoping for at least a decently exposed print I really have no one to blame for that but myself and impatience though. No work tomorrow and I have the apartment to myself tonight. Needless to say I will be locking myself away in the bathroom. Hopefully I'll have something decent to post either tonight or tomorrow
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    "...if you find afterwards that you made a mistake, the price of the film and chemicals was...tuition!" - greybeard
    "The hard part isnít the decisive moment or anything like that Ė itís getting the film on the reel!" - John Szarkowski

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    Aaron,

    Run, don’t walk to get an anti-static brush. My dust spots were cut down by about 73.28%. Also running hot water in the dr/bathroom will help. Just don’t over do it or you will be printing in a sauna. (I learned this one.) Keep your hands as dry as possible. The moisture and oils from your fingers will leave marks on the paper. Every time you set-up/print/break-down you will learn another time saving trick that will be unique to your dr. Soon printing also will become second nature!

    Good luck and have fun.

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    Thanks Mike This last time already was like a sauna. I was so excited, adrenaline pumping, that I was sweating like a pig and it was only 70 degrees in the apartment...LOL I have no doubt I will be picking up some time saving tricks. This last attempt was an eye opener for what will actually work and what won't work set-up wise in my bathroom. It was one thing to try and plan it out with a floorplan but, I threw most of that planning out when it came to actually working in there. I hope tonight goes smoother. I'm not leaving my bathroom until I get something presentable...LOL
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    "A good photograph is one that makes the viewer so aware of the subject that they are unaware of the print."- Kodak
    "...if you find afterwards that you made a mistake, the price of the film and chemicals was...tuition!" - greybeard
    "The hard part isnít the decisive moment or anything like that Ė itís getting the film on the reel!" - John Szarkowski

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    I remember my first home made prints came out completely black, even the test strips. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, then David Carradine appeared and told me, "You must stop down the lens, Grasshopper."

    I had major dust issues in my home darkroom, exacerbated by the ancient carpet in there. I spent $60 on a home HEPA de-ionizing air filter machine dealybob and it's probably the most valuable piece of my darkroom equipment. Works almost magically! You could probably find it any place like Walgreens, Wal-mart, any large pharmacy and assorted stuff type store.

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    Thanks Justin I'm thinking I may need to stop down a bit more myself. As it was my exposure times was about 10 seconds...LOL I won't be able to make it to Walmart tonight but, will try and make it sometime this weekend
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    "A good photograph is one that makes the viewer so aware of the subject that they are unaware of the print."- Kodak
    "...if you find afterwards that you made a mistake, the price of the film and chemicals was...tuition!" - greybeard
    "The hard part isnít the decisive moment or anything like that Ė itís getting the film on the reel!" - John Szarkowski

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    Well, the second round definitely went MUCH better! Thanks everyone for your help and advice I posted a few of the shots from this round in the gallery
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    "A good photograph is one that makes the viewer so aware of the subject that they are unaware of the print."- Kodak
    "...if you find afterwards that you made a mistake, the price of the film and chemicals was...tuition!" - greybeard
    "The hard part isnít the decisive moment or anything like that Ė itís getting the film on the reel!" - John Szarkowski

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