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    Getting into contact printing

    Can anyone recommend a good book, or article, or series of articles, to someone who is interested in getting into contact printing?

    Thanks.

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    Hi Bruce

    What type of paper are you thinking of using? Have you visited michaelandpaula.com? There is a wealth of information there about contact printing with AZO.

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    No - I hadn't picked a particular paper. I'm guessing that's the primary (sole?) determinant of exposure time - given one particular light source? I was hoping to find a very basic tutorial as a starting off point.

    Thanks for the link - Michael A. Smith - love his work - really brilliant stuff (though I've never seen an actual print - only magazine reproductions - and they're still awesome).

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    I don't know of a good book on contact printing. I'd ditto the Michael A. Smith suggestion. He also has the Azo forum on his site with a lot of information, and here on APUG there is this contact printing forum.

    Mostly, it's knowing what a good print looks like. If you know how to make a good enlarged print, you'll quickly figure out what a good contact print is supposed to look like. It's much the same process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce
    Thanks for the link - Michael A. Smith - love his work - really brilliant stuff (though I've never seen an actual print - only magazine reproductions - and they're still awesome).
    I saw reproductions on B&W magazine and I have also seen their scans on their website, but the day I saw their prints in person I could not believe it. They were off the scale, I mean way beyond what I could have imagined was a good print.
    It was a great feeling and a lesson at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce
    Thanks for the link - Michael A. Smith - love his work - really brilliant stuff (though I've never seen an actual print - only magazine reproductions - and they're still awesome).
    Even better than a book: take their workshop. Then after a while you'll be making prints as good as theirs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c6h6o3
    Even better than a book: take their workshop. Then after a while you'll be making prints as good as theirs.

    Music to my ears! I`m attending the september 23-25 workshop

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    Attending a workshop sounds like a great idea, but I was thinking that a book and learn-as-you-go experimentation would be somewhat easier to slip into the family budget.

    Meanwhile, kid's on the way, so I say "Some day, Some day..."

    Is there an emoticon for singing?

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    What kind of contact printing are you interested in? Azo or one of the many alternate processes out there? You never really said.
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    I really just wanted to experiment, try different things, see what appealed... I'm building a darkroom and plan on doing enlargements, but was also interested in trying to make contact prints as a final, presentable product - so I was wondering if I needed to set things up in any particular way in order to at least have the option. Of course, this may all be a back-ended way for me to try LF cameras, so perhaps I have put the cart before the horse.

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