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    Negative marking pencils ??

    I was wandering thorugh the arts building at my college the other day and they have an amazing photographic studio, i noticed people using some sort of redish pencil to mark 120 negs .... unfortunatley i dont study photography and the lecturer is a bit terrifying so i thought i would as my noobish question here

    what are they called and where do i but one ?

    Many thanks
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    It's not the negatives you mark with a china pencil, it's the contact prints !
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    I wonder if people are being taught to retouch negatives? If so, learning on 120 would be tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    I wonder if people are being taught to retouch negatives? If so, learning on 120 would be tough.

    that's what i was thinking ...
    but it seems kind of strange teaching
    people to retouch small negatives with pencil
    the enlargement factor is insane ...

    even for someone with retouching experience
    blending and spotting and retouching on a 4x5 or larger negative
    and then enlarging ... is a big deal.
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    If you just want to mark up a negative, you could probably use any old wax pencil.

    For detailed retouching, consider making a paper internegative and retouching that on the back with ordinary pencil.
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    They used to use a very soft pencil for retouching negatives a 3B.
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    Were the markers made of spiral wrapped paper? They could be china markers or wax pencils.

    Quote Originally Posted by Samuelg View Post
    ... unfortunatley i dont study photography and the lecturer is a bit terrifying so i thought i would as my noobish question here
    Go ask the prof. Really! Maybe he has a "forceful personality" but he is PAID to teach people about his discipline. If you are enrolled at the college, it is the teacher's duty to help you learn. It is not out of line for you to ask a simple question and, within limits, to get an answer.

    Besides, how is he to know that you aren't interested in taking his course? By the sound of your question, it seems that you have some interest. This could be a good opportunity to introduce yourself, find out about the courses offered by the college and decide which ones to take.

    Even if you are not an art student, there are bound to be open elective courses for students in other majors. If you are not enrolled at the college, this would be an opportunity for you to find out whether you do want to enroll. You probably don't even have to enroll full-time. There might be part-time or evening courses for you to take.

    Even though I only work part-time at my local college, I have a key to the darkroom there because I occasionally volunteer to be the darkroom monitor when the prof. doesn't have time to be there himself. I clean and straighten equipment and supplies. I replace chemistry when it gets used up and I take out the trash. When the students have trouble, I offer them advice or go with them to the teacher's office to help them solve the problem. In return, I get free roam of the darkroom in the evenings or during mid-term vacations. One hand washes the other, doncha know!

    Bottom line: Ask!
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