Distance and Exposure

November 14, 2018

The distance from the light source to your print is important when determining exposure time. I mounted my 20W UVLED exposure unit under the lens… Read more

Printing 101

October 26, 2018

Although I’ve been making contact printing frames for almost 15 years now, it’s been a long time since I did any serious printing. So for… Read more

HouLite UV Exposure Light

October 5, 2018

The search goes on – for the perfect UV exposure unit. I’m not sure I’ve found it yet but I did actually spend money on… Read more

A DIY Centering Guide for Contact Printing Frames

October 3, 2018

Did you ever try to get a negative and a sheet of paper to stay put while closing the printing frame? I realized it’s a… Read more

Using Pin Registration

October 27, 2016

With the pin register feature you can make multiple exposures from multiple negatives on the same media. For example, to improve contrast of a Pt/Pd… Read more

The Pin Register Project

October 24, 2015

Pin registration is a method of precisely aligning  negatives to the paper (or other print media). It is used by alt process enthusiasts for aligning… Read more

Ilex #5 Flash Synch Repair

February 15, 2015

My 8×10 Calumet View Camera is a real workhorse. It came with a 14 inch Commercial Ektar f6.4 lens mounted in an Ilex #5 shutter.… Read more

The Platinum Palladium Project

January 28, 2015

In the fall of 2014 I took part in an undergraduate research project at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL. The project was sponsored… Read more

Hardwood Appearance Comparison

January 22, 2015

A recent inquiry asked to see the differences in the varieties of wood I use for my contact printing frames. I grabbed a few samples out… Read more

A Visit With Mark Nelson

December 17, 2014

Today, I spent a couple of hours talking with Mark Nelson, an accomplished photographer, master printer, and the author of Precision Digital Negatives (aka the… Read more