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    Kodak: Teaching Basic Darkroom Techniques
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    Kodak: Darkroom Design for Amateur Photographers
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    Kodak chemicals for processing black-and-white films and papers
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    The Black and White Darkroom
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    Photography basics
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    The Eclectic Photography Resource
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieT View Post
    I ran some test strips. :-) I got a decent print (finally yay!) using a 8 second exposure. My first print!
    8 seconds sounds kind of short. It's fine for straight prints, but if you want do dodge and burn, you are going to struggle at such short times. If you have run out of f-stops on your enlarging lens, you still have the option of inserting neutral density filtration. Are you printing with graded filters, or are you using colour filtration? I think if you use graded filters, they will slightly increase your exposure times, which will be to your benefit. You are printing variable contrast, right? If this is all new to you, then check out the books below. The best explanation on how to do this I found in "Way Beyond Monochrome 2".

    Quote Originally Posted by DebbieT View Post
    Do you recommend any books or websites that teach these techniques?
    Yes, I found a few to be very useful: I'll echo Ansel Adams's trilogy and Ralph Lambrecht's (a member here) "Way Beyond Monochrome, 2nd ed."; I'll add Tim Rudman's "The Photographer's Master Printing Course" and John Blakemore's "Black & White photography workshop". There are several more, but those ones put me strides ahead of where I would have been otherwise. Remember that you cannot really look at negative creation (film choice, exposure and development) in isolation from print making. They are parts of the same process and either influences your take on the other. So it is best to keep the bigger picture in mind while dealing with the details of either the one or the other.

    You will find most techniques explained on YouTube and also on many blogs, but I find greater value (and joy) in owning good books, and prefer printed books over digital resources in the same spirit of choosing film over digital. Of course, you don't have to do that just because many of us here do. Buying a book is just a greater acknowledgement of the author of the work, in my opinion. I also strongly advocate attending one or two workshops or a personal printing session with an experienced darkroom printer. Seeing things first-hand will likely change your technique much for the better.

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    Thank you again for all your wonderful help.
    APUG is a nice place, and not just because I am here . Actually, it almost fully answers the website part of your previous question. Not much you won't find here if you care to dig a bit. It is also a returning the favour that most of us have needed and accepted at one time or another.

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    Wow! Thank you all! Such great information!

    Go me! I have the Ansel Adams books and the John Blakemore book as well as the John Schaefer books 1 and 2. I am a book fiend, and my choice for learning as well. I will keep reading and absorbing.

    I have not incorporated any filters yet or used the options on the color head, and have not gone above f11...but I will now. The paper I am using is variable contract. I started with the Arista EDU Ultra FB VC because it was less expensive and I figured that I would be making some mistakes.

    Dedicating myself to making more prints this evening and trying out those filters!

    In the last 30 days I have taken up film, and learned how to develop it myself. Now that I am printing, I can see how it is all tied together.

    I am really amazed at all the excellent help I have received and I am grateful!

    Hopefully I can help someone else when I have the wisdom to share. In the mean time I am getting my younger friends hooked on film!

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    You started with film, developing, and printing all in the last 30 days? That's fantastic!
    Where do you live? There may be a local member who can give you some help.

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    I live in Chesapeake, VA Any help would be appreciated! I thought about trying to find a club, but wanted to be a little more proficient. I try to figure things out myself before asking for help. The entire process is really fascinating and since Im so creative, I need control of the whole thing. Perfectionist!

    Thanks again!

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    I have added a few of the images I have taken so far. Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please remember I have only taken four rolls of film in my extensive career! ;-)

    Deb

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    A really good piece of advice is to stick to one film one developer one type of paper at first that way you reduce the variables. Once you get used to them you can then start trying new things. Start using some filtration for contrast. Get into a consistent method of making test strips and you will soon be able to get to the correct exposure settings quickly. It's very addictive. The more prints you make the more critical you become. I'm about 2 years in now!

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    I find using this little item good for narrowing down the correct exposure time.
    http://www.adorama.com/DKPPS.html
    It gets you close with one test print.
    From there you have to fine tune the exposure.

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    Thanks all! Great advice, as I was preparing my next order with a different paper and developer! LOL!

    Definitely getting the exposure scale. Looks like a handy little item!

    Deb

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