Yep, like Jim all my home made easels are black. For focusing and composing I mark a grid on the back of a scrap print using a fine tip marking pen. Nice white surface for focusing, judging light levels, ...and the grid makes it a whole lot easier to get the image level and square.

If you haven't tried it yet, make a focusing sheet with a grid. Highly recommended.

Reinhold

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