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  1. ferny

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    Flicking through those books I bought the other day (they arrived today, that was quick!) I saw that you can make contact sheets with a desk lamp. He didn't go into too great a detail, so has anyone got any advice on this? It seems a good idea to me, if it gives ok(ish) results. It did say to use soft paper (not knowing anything about enlarging all I know is what he said there, that it is more forgiving than hard) and not worry too much about the negatives being perfectly flat. To get them flatter you can lay some glass on them but that could introduce dust to the negatives, or pin them down by placing something on the ends of the negative strips. But that is all it said in there.
     
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    Soft and hard paper? :scratch: New one to me... I would just get a cheap RC paper.
     
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    RC?

    This book was printed in 1979.
     
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    resin coated.....as opposed to fiber based. :D
     
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    Aha! That I am aware of, kinda.

    Any advice on exposure? How long, how close should the lamp be to the sheet etc.
     
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    Must be another term for the contrast grade. I hadn't heard it like that tho. And they only go up to 5 here. I think I would just get a variable contrast instead of a graded paper.

    For exposure, I am thinking maybe the lamp 2 feet up above the paper, for like 5 seconds and see how that comes out. then adjust as necessary. I dunno there are a lot of factors that could affect it... I'm just making it up... :D
     
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    But is the image going to last? You'll still want to fix it out, I'm thinking, or your image will fade quickly and your paper will go black.

    Or something. :wink:

    Does he go on to tell you how to fix the image for permanence?
     
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    He would need to develop and fix just like normal! I think this is just an easy way to get contact sheets before he gets an enlarger...
     
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    Nope. It's a book about enlarging though. It's "The Focal Guide to Enlarging". So it covers it all, or should.


    Can't I like open the curtains and look at it? ;)
     
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    Sure. Just be sure to post your results here. :wink:
     
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    That's good then.

    How about flicking the light on and off when I need to read the next step in the book?
     

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