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    Clean and thoroughly dry fingers. Use the depressed half circle, and if the sheet still gives me trouble, I put the holder up side down.

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    i wash my hands and stick my fingernail under the edge and pull ..

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    I bite my nails, so I am an expert at rigging substitutes for them....

    I have to second the suggestion to use a guitar "pick" (plectrum is the official name, in case there was any confusion about that). Good idea.

    I usually use a razor blade or tweezers myself. I have also used the corner of a dark slide, ID cards, pieces of paper, as well as keys in a pinch.
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    soaped and thoroughly rinsed, then THOROUGHLY dried hands.

    otherwise, in a pinch, nitrile powderless gloves (I seem to always have a pair on me for some reason or another).

    -Dan


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    Clean dry fingers -- hands/fingers do not produce oil -- that comes from touching various parts of one's head/face, so don't.

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    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    I just hold the holder so the film is facing down, it lifts off of the holder and enough for me to get a nail under it and out. Let gravity do the work.

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    What I use is a home made, so called 'film tweezers'. This is an about 1,5 cm wide strip cutted out of the short side of a 'bad' sheet of film and folded in the middle. So I can slip one side of the tweezers under the sheet and use the upper part of the 'film tweezers' to protect the emulsion side of the film against finger prints.
    No plectrum (very good idea!) or fingernails, just a folded piece of film that is of the same material as the 'thing' that has to be handled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    In recent years I've taken to wearing powderless nitrile gloves for loading and unloading--no fingerprints, dust or lint, and if I take the gloves off carefully, I can reuse them in the darkroom. I realized that this was necessary when I was shooting in Hawai'i for two months before I could process the film. Fingerprints that might not have been a problem had the film been developed promptly became a problem when the film couldn't be processed for a few weeks.
    David I am a big fan of nitrile as well. I'm a tray development guy (old fashioned I guess) and I love nitrile so I'm not sniffing fix for the rest of the week when I eat haha.

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    I have the world's greasiest fingers, so I use nitrile gloves as well for loading and unloading. They're pretty cheap by the box at the neighborhood drug store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    In recent years I've taken to wearing powderless nitrile gloves for loading and unloading--no fingerprints, dust or lint, and if I take the gloves off carefully, I can reuse them in the darkroom. I realized that this was necessary when I was shooting in Hawai'i for two months before I could process the film. Fingerprints that might not have been a problem had the film been developed promptly became a problem when the film couldn't be processed for a few weeks.
    Please explain
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