Discussion in 'Colour or Not' started by Ian_A, Jun 21, 2003.
... use a microwave oven to combat 'dry down'?
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Perhaps the kind gentleman might elaborate?!
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>Perhaps the kind gentleman might elaborate?!
Who you calling a gentleman???</p>
When you print black & white photos in the traditional way, the wet prints look just fine. When they dry, they look a little darker and duller - the 'dry-down' effect. Consequently, the trick is to print so that the image looks slightly underexposed when wet, but by how much? To be sure, you do test strips and then quickly dry them - possibly in a microwave oven.</p>
Nope, store the bread in mine
><font color=#006600>Nope, store the bread in mine
So what do you microwave in then?</p><img src=http://www.amphot.co.uk/stuff/s2/devil-naughty.gif>
I prefer just judging by experience - the dry down effect doesn't vary hugely if you tend always to use the same paper (as I do), so it's fairly easy just to make the same allowance for DD with every print.
Paterson print dryer?
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><font color=green>I prefer just judging by experience
This isn't too hard to do if you print regularly with the same paper/developer. Nowdays, I tend to print in batches, with many weeks between going back into the darkroom, which 'blunts' my experience a bit. Invariably I overprint on my first attempt, and end up re-printing lots of negatives the following day. :-(</p>
One other advantage of having a microwave in the darkroom is you can warm a pie in there for lunch, if you're having an all-day printing session;-)</p>
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