I'm very thankful for all the advice and suggestions given, at the very least its made me think about things further and open up a few more avenues of research, and also realize how much I need to learn.

It is confusing getting so many opinions, some which are easy to understand, and some which are so highly scientific that my eyes glaze over and my brain becomes grape jelly. But the nice thing is that I now have this wonderful thread to refer to as I learn more and more, and I'm sure most things that I don't understand now, will become clear as it all starts making sense.

I'm planning to spend the day in Valerie's darkroom in the next few weeks, and she's going to help me grasp some if the basics. I'll report back after that and let y'all know how it's going.