recommend a darkroom book?

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  1. mezmerised

    mezmerised TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys,

    Im starting a photography degree in sept, ive only used digital before, but really want to get into film. I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good book for learning darkroom? If possible i want more than just the basics, so something that has further techniques/information would be great as i'd want to keep it as a good reference/go-to book.

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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    there are several and i am sure many others will chime in with their favorite.

    take a look a Horenstein's Black and WHite Photograhy A Basic Manual, and his other Beyond Basic

    there is also a very nice printing book by Larry Barrlett" Black and White Photographic Printing Workshop.

    and of course the classic Ansel Adams series, which includes The Print and THe Negative

    Tim Rudman's Master Printing Course

    that should get you started
     
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    For the basics I found 'Darkroom Basics.. and Beyond' by Roger Hicks and Frances Shultz well written and easy to follow/understand. Not so good for the '...and Beyound' bit though.

    Larry Barrlett's 'Black and White Photographic Printing Workshop' is an amazing book that shows how pros do it. Not ideal for learning the basics but inspiring to improve your printing technique.
     
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    Ansel Adams 'The Negative' (processing) and 'The Print' (printing and presentation).
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    Those were my favorites.
     
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    The Craft of Photography, by David Vestal

    It has some of the best detail on evaluating prints and negatives. Sadly it is no longer in print, but can easily be found used.

    The books by Anchell and Troop are great, looking forward to the new edition.
     
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    I've noticed that most of the suggestions were about B/W. Any good ones that tackle colore negative & slide processing?
     

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