For ease of use you can use orthochromatic materials and work under a safelight. You can control contrast with selection of developer and development time. If the originals are in color you can use panchromatic film and work in the dark to get a better representation of the original. Again, contrast control is the same as working with any film; dependent on the development conditions.
If you want to know specifics, I put the film in a conventional enlarger easel to make the exposure and process the film in trays under safelight (ortho) or a Jobo rotary daylight drum (pan).