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    Light locks for entering darkroom - and computers in darkrooms

    Two questions:

    Is there a simple way to make a light lock for entering a darkroom without letting light in? I remember using revolving doors or just a zig-zag path when I worked as a journalist. I wouldn't want to use a revolving door. But is there a way to make a simple light lock by just putting up some walls or curtains. It would be great to be able to let air in and also sneak out for a glass of red wine while waiting for the lith print to develop.

    Also: Is it possible to use a computer in the darkroom? Maybe a combination of rubylith and some sort of baffles? Anyone did it?

    My first darkroom was me sitting on the floor of our really small appartement bathroom. As you can understand, my new darkroom is going to be huge! Now I just have to wait for the old oil boiler and tank to be removed before I can start!

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._Seal_Kit.html

    These work pretty well. A little pricey and requires a little skill (not much) to install. Bill B
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    Two doors in line with a person-sized space in between works, but may take up too much space. For a home darkroom I'd probably use a door and a curtain.
    Often I do DR work at night, so if I know I want to leave the darkroom while somethings going that requires dark, I'll turn out the lights in the adjacent rooms beforehand, then I can open the DR door at will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matti View Post
    Is it possible to use a computer in the darkroom?
    Yes, but why?

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    I'm not sure why you would not want a revolving door. That is the most compact solution. A light maze entrance takes up much more space.

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    It doesn't look pretty, but I have several black plastic bags from photo paper stapled to the inside of the door to my darkroom. They also sell the plastic in rolls if you don't already have the plastic bags. My darkroom is also the laundry room and it's the somewhat unfinished area of our basement so no one really cares what it looks like, luckily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brown View Post
    Yes, but why?
    To ask for advice from APUG, of course.
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    I've used rubilith for laptops and a small televisions. Great for music (laptop) and sports (television). If it's a good distance from your paper, one layer is sufficient. If it's close, you may need a double layer.

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    I think Eugene Smith used a red safelight filter over his B&W television.

    My darkroom is integrated into a study with an adjacent bathroom. The computer stays off or in sleep mode when I print, but I have to cover all the little indicator lights on the drives, printer, etc. with gaffer's tape.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Using a curtain might be good enough, if the room outside is dark. Maybe I can just arrange it in a semicircle around the door opening. This is not a room where anyone goes, to get laundry or so, but it would be nice if it was possible for the other people in the family to just come in, without ruining things. That way I might even get some company!

    If I use rubylith and put the computer behind some sort of black-painted wall. If I find a way using the computer, I can have my notes at hand, play music and browse APUG while waiting for the lith developer to kick in, all at the same time, so it would actually mean a lot.

    Problem is I don't know where to find rubylith. Maybe there is a program for OSX that can make the screen dark red? If no one knows here, I will ask the astronomy guys at cloudynights.com. They need to save their night vision.

    /matti

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