Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
OK, Ive made my first 11x14 prints from 35mm negatives.

White spots from dust on the negative really stand out on this size enlargement.

So I went to the photo store and they reccomended to get a set of spotting pens instead of ink. (ouch the pens were $35 vs $5 for the ink!)

So I'm trying out the pens on some extra prints and it seems to be much harder than it should be. here are my issues:

-the pens leave a 'drop' of ink at the end of the stroke. The 'drop' of ink seems darker than what the pen is labeled with. So I could 'dab' the pens on the spots, but places where there is a white line from a fiber, I guess i will have to use a cotton swab to soak up the drop at the end.

-the ink is translucent. This is a real pain, cause if I miss the white spot at all, it adds density to the surrounding area. I end up with a dark dot right next to the white dot. This happens even if use a lighter shade than the surrounding area. Again it adds density.

OK I was getting really frustrated. Any advice will be appreciated.
here is what i do: