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    Not often enough. I have to convert my kitchen into a DR if want to make prints. If I had a permanent DR I would probably be in their three or four times a week.


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    B&W I rarely do now. Maybe every few months if I come out with something that needs enlarging. I mostly play in the dim light, coating paper and exposing it and the 4x5 negatives to the UV light and washing it in the sink. That's more likely to be at least once a week on average, some rare weeks nothing, more often 2 sessions a week.
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    As many others have stated, I don't have enough time to do all I want to do. I can usually get into the darkroom twice a month, sometimes more, but not often these days. If I could, I would print every weekend, but that's not likely anytime in the foreseeable future.

    When I am in there, I tend to print anywhere from 5-8 negatives (despite the growing number that have never been printed) - some get a first printing while others have been printed before and have been sitting out for study for a week or two so that I can get into them before working on a final version of the print. Most of my negatives end up going in two to three times before I get the print that I want, and in between sessions I study what I've gotten so far and consider what still needs to be done to get where I want to be with them. If find that this allows me to get a better print that if I slog on through the same couple of negatives for hours on end. A fresh eye if you will.

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    I get into my Darkroom regularly to dev film as I only need an hour in the evenings for this. Printing is a different story, I probably only do that once every few weeks. I have to get better organised and allocate a full evening per week to printing.

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    For the last 7 months my darkroom has been in the basement of my friend's house. They gave me a key so I could use it as much as I like...usually 3 or 4 times a week, 4 hour sessions. Unfortunately, my friends have just decided to sell their house. (insert here sounds of weeping and sobbing...) So now the clock is ticking...How does that old saying go? All good things must come to an end? Bummer. After reading all the posts above I realize that I've been very lucky to have had the time and the place to print. As for how many real keepers (fine art) per session? I'd say none, my husband would say everything. I fill the circular file very regularly and with enthusiasm...how else am I gonna get better?
    (bathroom darkroom here I come!)

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    slightly off topic, but forgot in my post above: I decided recently to cut down on attending meeting evenings in the local camera club, in favour of my DR. I'm the only analogue photographer there, and one evening of listening to a lecture on RAW conversion and such stuff is one evening of printing lost. Nice to get the company, but one has to prioritise. (No, I have not given any thought to how many stellar prints I could make, were I to give up logging on to apug;-)).
    Søren

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    I looked at my log and found I had 10 printing sessions in September, only 4 in August, 6 in July...probably just a few for 3 hours, but most under 2 hours. Sometimes I would just make a print or two, or make some proofs on 5x7.

    I use the longer sessions to refine the best of the proofs onto 8x10 or 11x14.

    Also, experimented with lith printing in September and will be trying argyrotypes this month as an introduction to alternative processes.

    Today is a darkroom day!

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    Also, thought I'd throw this in for those who don't have a lot of time. I have a 5 year old in kindergarten and she gets out of school at 2:15pm. Even if I have to run errands in the morning, I can still start a DR session at noon, stop at 2 while prints are washing, collect her from school, and in between helping with homework, making dinner, etc, do some toning, washing and drying, if need be.

    I work at night, so this works for me...I'm sure others have figured out ways to fit parts of a printing session around their daily lives.

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    My kids are growing up (7 and 12), but when they were younger I usually did as you PVia. I develop each sunday/saturday and starting around 10:00 and my prints where usually finished around noon when I had to start with dinner (I used/use the kitchen as a DR). When the dinner was finished I continue to do the final printing and washing for a couple of hours and playing with the kids at the same time. (My wife usually works at the weekends, but doesn't start around 11-12). And since it was in the kitchen it didn't take too long time for me to have a tiny break whenever the kids wanted something.

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    Not often enough. I have to convert my kitchen into a DR if want to make prints. If I had a permanent DR I would probably be in their three or four times a week.

    I'm in a similar situation. I have a nice open floor plan for my apartment which means night printing only, and only in the kitchen, as there is no room in the bathroom for my 4x5 enlarger. I don't have my enlarger yet, but in my decision to get it I realized I would just have to convert the kitchen/dining area into a semi-permanent darkroom if I want to get any printing done. I've been holding out for months waiting to get a hold of a dedicated darkroom space but it just isn't going to happen. Since it's getting darker earlier now I don't think it'll be much of an issue.

    When I was in France I had access to the community center darkroom and I was doing an average of 3-4 sessions a week, ranging from 4 to 12 hours each session, doing a lot of lith printing. Sure miss that, let me tell you.
    Rachelle

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