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    Recommended books on enlarging/printing?

    Hi all, I am new to enlarging. I am interested in making prints with my Beseler 67c...I have ordered all the materials and chemistry needed including paper and VC filters. I have my cart loaded up at Amazon with some books. I would like to hear your opinions and recommendations on the best and most comprehensive "how to" books for wet darkroom printing please.

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    Ansel Adams's The Print. It's all you really need to get started. Other photographers then took that book, changed/personalized a few procedures to make them more convoluted, and sold their own books.

    Combined with Adams, for the most up-to-date processing procedures with current materials (development, fixation, washing, toning), I would also strongly suggest looking at the technical publications/downloads from Ilford (and Kodak even though Kodak doesn't make printing papers anymore).

    Ilford has a very good primer on printing with variable contrast papers/filters (this is where Adams doesn't have as much to say since at that time most serious printers still used graded papers).

    This is the best way to get started and will take you VERY far with practice and work. Once you are more experienced, there are then some other techniques you can add (like split/multiple contrast printing and masking). But I would not recommend looking at any of that at this point. Even if you eventually want to learn those techniques, you'll find you don't need entire additional printing books as they are most often incomplete when it comes to advanced techniques anyway. Specific articles, publications, and workshops are far better for things like that.

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    Find a copy of Larry Barrtlet's Black and White Photography Printing Workshop, also Les Mclean's Creative Black and White Photography
    http://www.aclancyphotography.com

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    If you can find a copy, check David Vestal's Craft of Photography (1978), and the followup, The Art of Black and White Enlarging (1984). Both from a time when enlarging and printing were BIG things. Hard to find (?) but very much worth it. Not just mashups of older books reformatted into modern trendy colourful picture laden tomes.

    (just my 2 cents worth...)

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    Thanks for the fast replies. I have Adams' series and have read it a few times. Really helped me with choosing the correct materials...I am going to investigate those two ANN.

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    I can also recommend Barry Thorntons Books, though they are hard to get now. They are called "Elements" and "Edge of Darkness". The latter may be going a little bit too much into depth for a beginner, but every page is worth reading and his writing style is very enjoyable.

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    Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course is excellent, very practical and comprehensive.

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    Eddie Ephrams Creative Elements is a great book which combines both the taking of great photographs and all the darkroom elements you will ever need, great photographs with full taking details and the details of how he got to the final print in the first section, and every darkroom secret you will ever use in the second section.
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    Ctein's book Post Exposure is now available as a free pdf download from his website at http://ctein.com/booksmpl.htm.

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    Photographic Printing, by Ralph Hattersley, is a good place to start. As suggested before, Ansel Adams, but get all three books, The Camera, TheNegative, and The Print to get a thorough understanding of what it takes to get to a good print.
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