Colour Darkroom - tips sought.
I bought a colour head for my enlarger. Paper and chemicals will be here next week.
I'm looking for some advice from those of you who print without a safe light:
1/ How do you stop your easel from moving when inserting paper? My enlarger has a little red filter under the lens to check alignment after putting in the paper - I always have to adjust a little. Clearly I can't use this with colour.
2/ My timer has the numbers illuminated in red. I think I'll get round this by putting the thing in a changing bag. But how do you time the development stage if you can't see a clock?
Thanks for any tips you may have!
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
Could you explain this a bit more? How do I know when it's complete if there's no light. And how can I make sure I'm consistent when I develop the next time?
Oh, and of course I forgot to add. I'll be doing this in a Nova slot processor.
I do a lot of Ilfochrome printing and have had no problem with the very minor amount of light coming out of the timer.
As far as you easel moving, you might look into a heavy one. I always use an adjustable Saunders easels and they don't seem to move much. I always make sure it is open and ready to receive the paper before I turn out the lights, hence making the whole process easier.
Best of luck, and I can answer a question please feel free to email me.
Thanks Don (and Steve), very helpful. I'll experiment as soon as my supplies arrive.
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Hi, you can tape the easel down with masking tape.
I cheat - I have a (very) dim amber LED illuminating the dial on my stopclock at arm length from the trays. After exposing the paper, drop it in to the dev, hit the timer button. 60Sec later, in to the stop for 15Sec, then blix for 60Sec. This is in the Tetenal room temperature kit running at 20°C. If you get one of these kits, instructions are included for running a replenishment line in a Nova slot processor.
If you really can't learn to work with the easel as is, get an easel sized cutoff of 3cm granite from a stone-yard that does countertops, surfaced both sides, and use double-sided tape on the feet of the easel to fix it to the slab. The smooth surface of the stone will slide on the baseboard easily enough but the weight will keep it in place while printing.
Add additional support under the baseboard so it doesn't warp under the weight and use dots of luminous tape, punched out with a paper punch or hand cut, to mark the ends of the blades of the easel so you know where things are in the dark. They won't fog your material and bits of glow-in-the-dark tape are generally helpful in a blacked-out darkroom.
Get yourself one of these (colour version). They are very handy.
This looks ideal.
Originally Posted by thefizz