Mmm? I'm not sure what search you're referring to? In any case, I don't have a home darkroom and, for the foreseeable future, I won't so I will continue using the facilities at Rayko. I don't have to worry about getting chemicals on me because they don't use the tray system. It's a machine that does the processing.
In that case, they will be teaching you on the exact process you would using, its a good deal then, go for it. Have fun.
The use of trays and room temperature developer makes making small test prints quick and easy. Don't use drums or high temperatures.
I can't use trays; they (Rayko) use the drum. As far as room temperature chemicals, in San Francisco, especially at this time of year, room temperature means having chemistry at 50 F, isn't that a bit too cold?
You use a heated water bath or tray to keep your bottles of chemistry at the correct temperature.
And you want enough solution volume in the drum so the temp doesn't drop during development.
A prerinse with correct temp water prior to actual dev will help condition the inside of the drum. I
use RA4 chem at 84F. But ambient temp in the room itself shouldn't be so far out of whack that
you get a temp drop in the general process (and I live in the Bay area, so know what 50 deg is like
even midsummer!). Drum work way better than trays anyway, and are safer on your lungs. Make
sure you have decent ventilation!
One thing will surprise you on RA4 printing. The paper is relative cheap. Color optical prints also have special quality that digital prints don't have. When I printed color, I never touched that cyan dial on the color head. What the hell they put it there for?
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