The Basic Darkroom Book: A Complete Guide to Processing and Printing Color and Black-and-White Photographs-Including Electron


Third Edition, newly revised, the companion edition to the bestselling Basic Book of Photography.

This completely updated edition of Tom Grimm's classic how-to darkroom guide explains all the steps necessary to develop and print professional quality photographs at home. This third edition of The Basic Darkroom Book is totally current with the latest technology and ...
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Third Edition, newly revised, the companion edition to the bestselling Basic Book of Photography.

This completely updated edition of Tom Grimm's classic how-to darkroom guide explains all the steps necessary to develop and print professional quality photographs at home. This third edition of The Basic Darkroom Book is totally current with the latest technology and equipment, including electronic imaging in the "digital darkroom."

Like most books on darkroom techniques, The Basic Darkroom Book contains illustrations, but what sets it apart is the amount of explanatory text devoted to each step in the development process. Written with clarity and concision by a 40-year veteran in the photographic arts, this accessible master reference is the only darkroom assistant a photographer needs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452274365
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: "It's Magic"

Chapter 1: Understanding the Photographic Process
The Beginning of Black-and-White Photography
 Summarizing Black-and-White Processing and Printing

Chapter 2:  Considering Black-and-White Films and Processing
Film Characteristics
 Chromogenic Black-and-White Films
 Film Speed (ISO)
 Film Sizes
 Film Brands and Names
 Film Care and Storage
 Film-Processing Equipment
 Film-Processing Chemicals

Chapter 3:   Processing Black-and-White Films Step by Step
Getting Ready
 Loading Roll Film
 Starting Development
 Stopping Development
 Fixing Negatives
 Cleaning Up
 Developing Sheet Films
 Push/Pull Processing Film
 Errors in Exposure and Film Processing
 Evaluating Negative Density and Contrast
 Filing Negatives

Chapter 4:  Establishing a Darkroom
Equipment for Printing and Enlarging
 Enlarger Lenses
 Enlarger Negative Carrier
 Variable Contrast Filters
 Color Printing Filters
 Enlarger Alignment Device
 Enlarger Voltage
 Enlarging Easels
 Enlarging Timer
 Enlarging Magnifier
 Enlarging Meter
 Color Analyzer
 Paper Cutter
 Paper Safe
 Dust Remover
 Contact Printing Device
 Processing Trays
 Color Processing Tube/Drum
 Mixing and Storage Aids
 Print Tongs
 Processing Timer
 Print Washer
 Print Drying Devices
 Print Squeegee
 Tools for Dodging and Burning-in
 Photographic Papers
 Processing Chemicals

 Chapter 5:   Considering Black-and-White Papers and Processing
Selecting Photographic Papers
 Considering Darkroom Safelights
 Choosing Processing Chemicals
 Washing Prints
 Drying Prints

Chapter 6: Making Black-and-White Contact Prints Step by Step
Preparing for Contact Printing
 Determining a Standard Exposure and Contrast Filter or Paper Grade for Proofs
 Exposing Contact Prints 
 Developing Prints
 Agitating Prints
 Stopping Development and Fixing Prints
 Viewing Wet Prints
 Washing and Drying Prints
 Enlarging Proof Sheets
 Processing Prints by Batch

Chapter 7:  Making Black-and-White Enlargements Step by Step
Preparing the Darkroom
 Selecting and Cleaning Negatives
 Loading the Negative Carrier
 Making Final Adjustments
 Figuring Exposure by Making a Test Print
 Appraising the Final Enlargement
 Figuring the Dry-Down Factor
 Improving the Print

Chapter 8:  Refining Black-and-White Techniques
Correcting and Creating Distortion
 Toning Black-and-White Prints to Alter Image
 Toning Black-and-White Prints for Archival Permanence 
 Split-Filter Printing on Variable Contrast Papers for Contrast Control
 Varying Paper Developers for Contrast Control
 Reducing Black-and-White Negatives and Prints
 Processing with Stabilization and Activation Machines

Chapter 9:   Understanding Color Photographic Processes
The Beginning of Color Photography
 Summarizing Color Processing and Printing

Chapter 10:   Considering Color Films and Processes
Color Film Characteristics
 Color Film Brands and Sizes
 Color Film Storage and Care
 Color Film Processes
 Color Film Processing Equipment
 Precautions for Color Film Processing Chemicals

Chapter 11:  Processing Color Films Step by Step
Processes for Color Negative Films
 Summary of Steps for Kodak's Flexicolor Process C-41 in Small Tanks 
 Summary of Steps for Beseler's CN2 Processing Kit Chemicals in Small Tanks
 Processing Errors with Color Negative Films
 Viewing Color Negatives
 Push/Pull Processing of Color Negative Films
 Processing Chromogenic Black-and-White Films
 Processes for Color Transparency (Slide) Films
 Summary of Steps for Kodak Process E-6 in Small Tanks
 Summary of Steps for Unicolor's Rapid E-6 Kit in Small Tanks
 Processing Errors with E-6 Color Transparency Films
 Push/Pull Processing of Color Transparency Films
 Altering the Density of Color Films
 Cross Processing Color Transparency Film as Color Negatives

Chapter 12:  Preparing to Make Color Prints
Equipment for Making Color Prints
 Color-Corrected Enlarger Lens
 Color Printing Filters
 Heat-Absorbing Glass
 Test Print Easel
 Enlarging Timer
 Print Processing
 Processing Timer
 Color Photo Paper
 Processing Chemicals
 Rubber Gloves
 Print Drying Devices
 Voltage Regulator
 Color Calculator
 Color Print Viewing Filters
 Color Ring-Around
 Color Analyzer
 Water Temperature Regulator

Chapter 13:   Processing Color Prints Step by Step
Processes for Making Color Prints from Color Negatives
 Kodak's Ektacolor Color Negative Photo Papers
 Kodak's RA-4 Process for Printing Color Negatives
 Summary of Steps for Kodak's Ektacolor RA-4 Processing in Small Tubes
 RA-4 Processing in Trays
 Processing Errors with RA-4 Process
 Processes for Making Color Prints from Color Transparencies (Slides)
 Kodak's Ektachrome Color Reversal Photo Paper
 Kodak's R-3000 Reversal Process for Printing Color Transparencies
 Summary of Steps for Kodak's Ektachrome R-3000 Processing in Small Tubes
 R-3000 Processing in Trays
 Processing Errors with Ektachrome R-3000
 Ilford's Ilfochrome Color Reversal Photo Papers
 Ilford's P-30P Color Reversal Process for Printing Color  Transparencies (Slides)
 Summary of Steps for Ilford's Ilfochrome P-30P Processing in Tubes/Drums
 P-30P Processing in Trays
 Processing Errors with Ilfochrome Process P-30

Chapter 14:  Exposing Color Photo Papers
Understanding Filtration
 Making a Test Print to Determine Exposure and Color Balance
 Processing Color Test Prints
 Analyzing a Color Print
 Figuring Filter Corrections
 Figuring Exposure Corrections
 Improving Color Prints from Color Negatives
 Making Color Contact Proof Sheets
 Exposing Color Transparencies Step by Step
 Analyzing the Color Reversal Test Print
 Improving Color Reversal Prints

Chapter 15:    Finishing and Mounting Black-and-White and Color Prints
Drying Prints Properly
 Spotting and Retouching Prints
 Etching Black-and-White Negatives and Fiber-Base Prints
 Hand Coloring Black-and-White Prints
 Lacquering Prints for Protection
 Texturing Prints
 Mounting Prints
 Titling Prints
 Framing Prints
 Preserving Prints

Chapter 16:   Experimenting with Special Techniques
Making Black-and-White Prints from Color Negatives
 Making Black-and-White Transparencies
 Making Photo Murals
 Working With the Zone System
 Copying Prints, Slides, and Negatives
 Using and Processing Infrared Films
 Adding Texture to Prints
 Reticulating Films to Make Patterns
 Making Prints with Black Borders
 Having Fun with Photograms
 Sandwiching and Multiple Printing
 Making Negative Prints and Paper Negatives
 Creating High-Contrast Images Reexposing for the Sabattier Effect (Pseudo-Solarization)
 Sensitizing Materials for Printing
 Exploring Alternative Processes

Chapter 17:   Delving into the Digital Darkroom
Understanding Digital Photography
 Resolution is the Key to Digital Image Quality
 More About Digital Equipment and Programs
Appendix A:  A Glossary of Photographic Processing and Printing Terms
Appendix B:  Weights and Measures

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