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    How small is too small?

    I'm moving into an old late 19th century tri-apartement type building. Just started moving stuff in, and am harboring the idea of actually packing a darkroom into this place. Only possible location is the small walk-in closest attached to my bedroom. I measured it out, and the useable dimensions would be 20inches by about 56 inches, with plenty of headroom. I measured out the baseboard on my Omega and it is 26 x 17, so it will fit in there, leaving me little standing room only (I'm small and can fit into the remaining 30 inches)

    Builing a stand for the enalrger with a slot processer could work, but do you think it could possibly not worth the effort to work in a suck a small space? I know I've seen some really compact darkroom setups here, and am wondering how they are working out for those people, and just how much smaller this would be in comparason.

    Or, maybe I'd be better off finding another photographer with a large room and doing a co-op.
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    Bah. just realized there is probably no way I'd get a papercutter in there as well. Humbug.
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    That would be astoundingly tight, and I work in a pretty tight space.

    I guess if you had the enlarger at one end and the slot processor at the other and you in the middle, and maybe a holding tray on a shelf under the slot processer, and someplace else to wash prints, it would be possible. Another alternative might be to stack trays on a tray ladder under the enlarger.
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    Do you really need a paper cutter in the dark? You can buy paper cut to size and cut down the finished prints. For test strips just use a scissors or a small office paper cutter.
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    Expose the paper. Stick it in a drum and then go outside to process.

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    You don't need a paper cutter. Used fixed sizes and tear off test strips on the sharp edge of the counter or door. Darken the whole apartment (maybe at night), screw in some red bulbs and develop your paper in the other room (bathroom).
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    If you can make it work, then it's worth it

    Somehow there must be a way to keep the essentials inside and take the extras out...

    I have only ever tray processed, but don't those who do colour put everything into drums and then process in daylight? I know that in a book I bought, 'How to Build Your Own Home Darkroom', they show a colour setup which places the enlarger in a space of about 2ft x 3ft and the processing takes place outside of the closet in the kitchen/bathroom. I've seen colour processing drums go for a song on eBay, and even in local photo shops.

    Could that be an option?

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    That's how I do colour. Stick paper in the drum. Then do all the chemical steps with the lights on. The processing really could be done anyplace. Even outdoors.

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    How small is too smalll...I found out on my honeymoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Senft
    How small is too smalll...I found out on my honeymoon.
    Sorry to hear that.
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