Darkroom printing

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  1. rbconbautista

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    Does the enlarging paper have anything to do with enlarging time. For example I used f/8 at 6 seconds with filter #3 on ilford glossy paper can i use same settings on ilford satin paper if i dont touch the enlarger?


     
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    If the paper is the same grade, yes.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Great minds... ??

    You might want to recheck the focus, with the grain scope, because I found moving things around enough could sometimes cause an image to be slightly out of focus.
     
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    Now is there a faster way to focus the enlarger. Every single time I get the image in focus it ****s up the the size of the image. Any way to mitigate that or make the process faster and more seamless.
     
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    Sure ... get a Leitz Focomat V35.
     
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    so the enlarger setting depends on the negative itself not the paper does this also mean that i can make the image even bigger lets say going from 2.5x3.5 to 5x7 or even 8x10 without changing the settings
     
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    No. When you move the enlarger head, you'll need to adjust the settings accordingly. Raise it up will require a larger aperture/longer exposure, lowering it will require smaller aperture/shorter exposure.
     
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    FYI......You really need to get some darkroom books. They are plentiful and cheap. And can answer many of the questions you ask.

    I got these for $2 each.

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    You didn't say what enlarger or focusing aid you are using but, as dxqcanada said, there are enlargers with "auto-focus" features such as the Leitz units and there are others.

    Are you using a grain focuser? If not, that might help speed up the process.
     
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    IDK what enlarger my school uses and I try to use a grain focuser when one is available if not I just eyeball it
     
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    Im a college student I don't have 2 dollars
     
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