Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a test print, part of Analog Photography: Shooting & Processing Black-and-White Film.
…Now that we're working under the safe lights, I've been able to see the image…projected on my easel here and make the final adjustment of the height of…the enlarger head, determining the size of the print and focus the image in.…My next step is to close the lens down two stops,…to it's sharpest point and then I'm going to switch the timer over to…it's time function rather than focus function, so we've gone dark here.…And we're going to make two test prints that we'll use to…determine the proper level of contrast in our image.…I'm going to take a piece of the photo paper, and I've torn it in half.…You'll probably want to make smaller test, test strips just because of cost factors,…but I'm making large ones just because they're going to be easier for you to see.…And I looked at the negative, and in testing for low-contrast or…highlight values I want to look in the part of the frame that has the highest,…the brightest points, which is in the sky where all the clouds are.…Taking the double zero filter and I am sliding into the filter chamber here.…
Upon returning home, Konrad processes the film, explaining the chemicals involved and sharing insights for getting reliable results. He also describes the negative-scanning process. Finally, to whet your appetite for the other facets of film-based photography, he demonstrates the process of making a silver-gelatin enlargement and offers up some tips on building your own darkroom.
- Exploring film formats, lenses, and cameras
- Loading films
- Shooting black-and-white film
- Working with colored filters and film
- Chemically processing film
- Scanning and storing film
- Enlarging film in a makeshift darkroom