The afternoon in the darkroom started with a lesson on how to use the enlargers and also covered dialling in the correct combination of colour filter to match multigrade paper filters. This has the effect of changing the contrast of your print from 00 = soft to 5 = hard.

Next we created contact sheets of our negative sets from the film we developed in the last session. Placing all the negatives onto a contact sheet easel and locking the glass top down we set the timer on the enlarger to one minute. Once exposed the paper was then put through three baths, developer for one and half minutes, stop for one minute and fix for one and a half minutes. Continuous washing followed this for up to ten minutes.

Once the contact sheet was done we could select a negative for printing.


A test strip of the chosen print was made next. This involved projecting the negative onto the photographic paper but only exposing a short strip at a time each strip at three seconds. The accumulated time at the last strip meant that each part of the print had received a different exposure. Assessing the developed test strip in day light allowed the correct exposure for the print to be calculated and an assessment on its contrast filter.

Selecting the correct contrast filter and re doing the test strip ensured the image was then printed correctly.

Placing the finished print washed clean of chemicals into the drying rack was the last task.



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