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    Contact printing in your bathroom; feasibility?

    I'm wanting to do some very basic contact printing in my bathroom..for proofs, only.

    My question: What is the simplest and most feasible way of doing so? Currently, I scan my negatives in lieu of this but I prefer physical/tangible things.

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    Developing chemistry & trays, contact frame (or a flat board and piece of glass), a bare lightbulb and a timer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    Developing chemistry & trays, contact frame (or a flat board and piece of glass), a bare lightbulb and a timer.
    Ditto. You can even get away without the timer with a dim enough bulb. My first setup used a 7w nightlight bulb held as high as I could reach with the negative and paper between two glass panes laying on the floor. Exposure times were in the :20-:40 range which were easy for me to reliably just count off in my head. Being a few seconds off doesn't matter as much on a :30 exposure than it would on a :05-:10 exposure.
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    Having just done an Ambrotype workshop, easy, cheap and not too difficult

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    That was my first experience in darkroom work, the family bathroom with a red filtered flashlight. Used Velox and verichrome pan negs and a little Tri Chem pack from the local camera store. A scrap of glass on a board held the neg in place and I flicked the overhead light on briefly to expose the print. That was some real fun.
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    I print in our bathroom with a little suitcase enlarger on the floor [which I also use for contact printing], and trays in the bath. It's not perfect as everything is at an inconvenient height -- so I only wet print three or four times a year -- but it's do-able. Contact printing would be even easier.

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    I cannot think of a reason why not. Do it!
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    I started doing contact prints at home with a contact frame and exposing the prints with the overhead lights. Soon enough I wanted more and so I got myself a little Durst enlarger, which now sits on top of the washing machine in my bathroom. I am printing up to 8x10 in my bathroom and it works fairly well, besides the lack of space. If you have a tub, place a wooden board on it and place your trays on top of it. Get a 10$ savelight off of ebay and there you go. I still go and rent time in a comunity darkroom for bigger rints, but most of the time I just print in my bathroom. It is convenient and I can do it whenever I feel like it and time allows and don't have to go anywhere. So I guess my point is, yes, it is feasible and you might even get bitten by the bug and want to do more once you see how easy it can be done at home ...
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    Weston's prints were done using a lightbulb only http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3229/2...6a4_z.jpg?zz=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I'm wanting to do some very basic contact printing in my bathroom..for proofs, only.

    My question: What is the simplest and most feasible way of doing so? Currently, I scan my negatives in lieu of this but I prefer physical/tangible things.
    You don't mention the size of your negs, but if 35mm it is worth using a paterson contact printing frame, where the edges (out of frame) overlap slightly. In that way you can print 36 exposures on one sheet of 10" X 8".

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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