It's easy to get into a rut of going with short exposure times because it's familiar . The benefits of stopping down the enlarging lens a few stops however, often dictate longer exposures where the adjustments are more difficult to fathom. Even test strips can be fruitless, if one isn't testing in right time range.
Thinking in F-stops rather than fixed units in time, adjustments become logical and scalable for all printing situations.
Learn to Print the right way from Day One.
Participants will make contact sheets and use those to preplan printing decisions. They will the learn proper way to focus and set up for a full size print. They will make a test strip to decide on a base exposure time and make their first full sized print.
But most of all they'll learn how to analyze and make adjustments to their prints to get the results they want. Using filters will not be a focus for this class. But should the need arise, we will not shy away. Dodging and burning will covered as needed. For three hours, we will go where the negatives take us.
A print isn't a series of properly exposed areas. It's a range of tonalities the printer has chosen to present the viewer.
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We supply paper, chemistry and equipment, users must bring a roll of developed 35mm or 120 B&W film.