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Printing problem

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Gray, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Gray

    Gray New Member

    Question: If I develop B&W prints using a film developer, will they come out weird? i.e. using Ilford Multigrade IV Glossy paper and developing it with Ilfosol S, will the prints come out OK or funky?

  2. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    Prints with film dev at normal dilution will come out low contrast and muddy. The reverse is true with film in paper dev and you can actually get very interesting results (high contrast, grainy, but showing shapes very strongly). I am told that the B&W pictures of hair styles that you used to (sometimes still do) get in hairdressers' windows were done like that.

  3. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    Yes, you need a much more alkali developer for prints than for film. Print developer contains Sodium Carbonate as the alkali but film developers have to be more gentle so the alkali in the majority is Borax.

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