2nd Darkroom Fisheye.

My Evolution of Darkrooms

It’s perhaps counter intuitive at first, but the darkroom is not a static environment. Darkrooms evolve. Needs change, the film stocks or papers you prefer may change. You may luck upon an upgrade or change locations all together. It’s a workshop of sorts and the darkroom changes over time as the craftsman adapts it to more closely suit his or her processes and ambitions.

I’m mostly self taught in black and white film photography. If you want to go all the way back, I processed

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detroit central station

Lens Distortion and You


Lens distortion isn’t a topic surrounded by excitement but it is something to be aware of when choosing your equipment and composing images. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ll still probably recognize at least one type of lens distortion. Heck it’s even boasted as a feature in some lenses!

The most common and recognized lens distortion is called Barrel Distortion. Wikipedia defines barrel distortion thusly:

In barrel distortion, image magnification decreases with

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6x12 custom cut Omaga D series negative carrier.

Darkroom DIY Panoramic Negative Carrier


I first ran into this problem when I was shooting with the 35mm pano back on my Bronica SQa. I figured it’s the same length as a 6×6 fame, just a different height. I found extremely difficult to print 35mm panoramic (24mmx55mm) negatives in a 6×6 negative carrier. The reason why is coming up in a second. The solution was to get a panoramic negative carrier for my Beseler 23C.

Fast forward a few years and I make the exact same assumption and mistake when I got a Holga 120Pan Which

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Olympus XA contact sheet of Eastman XX 5222

Olympus XA contact sheet

This roll has gotten around! It’s one of the interesting things about film photography. Rolls can sit, and sit, in a camera, waiting to be finished.

I have a couple compact 35mm cameras including a couple Konica Big Minis, some promo cameras and this Olympus XA.

This roll in particular has been to Muskegon, Mi, on a photo walk in Carrolton (Saginaw, Mi), up to <a href="http://darkroomist.com/2015/07/09/photostock-2015-report/

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.45cal Pinup

.45cal Pinup

From my first pinup shoot. Shot most of it on Efke KB100 because it was cheaper and hadn’t changed since the 40’s. I figured it’d be great stock for a mid-century themed shoot. I still have a few rolls floating around. I was shooting with two cameras at the time. One was a Canon A-1, 50mm/1.8 and a 100mm/2.9. I think I had a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Zoom too. The other was an EOS 650 with 50mm/1.8, and a 80-200 zoom. Also have a couple holga Pics from this shoot

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Kodak Step Wedge

How to use a print scale.

A print scale, sometimes also called a step wedge, is a darkroom tool that can make your workflow more consistent and efficient. A step wedge is functionally similar to a print scale but has a slightly different purpose.

Normally to determine the proper exposure of a print you make a test print. This is done after you frame, focus, stop down the enlarger lens, and turn off the not-safe lights. You’d then get a piece of light sensitive paper and a board. You’d set the timer for 1

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Koni-Omega 200 contact sheet

Koni-Omega Contact Sheet

Whoo it worked, some years ago I ran into a problem with my Koni-Omega 6×7 medium format camera. It was a nasty light leak that looked horrible. I think I figured it out, which will be its own post coming up. For now I’m just happy the contact sheet looks good. I shot this on a little photowalk around Saginaw just before a big storm with a 58mm F5.6 lens. Shot sort of as a test shoot. My iphone light meter had some issues with backlit, sunset, shots but did pretty well overall. This

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