Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the enlarger, part of Analog Photography: Shooting & Processing Black-and-White Film.
…Want to explain to you in a little bit more detail how the enlarger works as…we actually go through the set up.…I mentioned there's a light source, you can see here its a special bulb,…that's got wonderfully even diffusion over the whole surface of it.…Below that are series of lenses that help focus that light.…This here, this little slot is used to hold contrast filters.…These are the contrast filters.…These will help determine the contrast range of the final print because…the negatives vary from one to the next on what kind of contrast range they contain.…
In order to maximize the potential of the paper,…we'll be adjusting the contrast on an image as we enlarge it.…Here we have the negative carrier.…This is a full-frame 35 millimeter carrier, so…it will expose the area of the negative that we developed into the negative image.…In addition to that, it will expose a small,…clear area of the plastic backing around the actual image area.…You may have seen in the past photographs that have a black line around the edge…
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