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4th Edition

The Darkroom Cookbook

ISBN 9781138959187
Published March 24, 2016 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

This is the classic guide for analog photography enthusiasts interested in high-quality darkroom work. The fourth edition from darkroom master Steve Anchell is packed with techniques for silver-based processing. In addition to "recipes" for darkroom experiments, this book contains invaluable information on developers, push-processing, reversal processing, enlarged negatives, pyro formulas, printing, and toning prints. The Darkroom Cookbook also offers advice about where to get darkroom equipment, how to set up a darkroom, safe darkroom working spaces, and more. Key features of this revised edition include:

  • Over 200 step-by-step or do-it-yourself formulas
  • Tips for mastering the "ingredients" of analog photography processing, namely the chemicals used to develop, fix, stop and tone
  • Special technique contributions and stunning black and white imagery by professionals such as Bruce Barnbaum, Tim Rudman, John Sexton, and more.

Table of Contents

1. Planning a Darkroom. 2. Equipment. 3. Developers. 4. Film Development. 5. Monobath Film Developing. 6. Pyrogallol and Pyrocatechin. 7. Print Developers. 8. Printing Methods and Techniques. 9. Stop Baths and Fixers. 10. Toning Prints. 11. Photographic Reduction and Intensification. 12. Development by Inspection. 13. Reversal Processing and Enlarged Negatives. 14. Printing-Out Processes. Appendices: Safety in Handling Photographic Chemicals; Chemicals; Pharmacopoeia; Proofing for Maximum Black; Archival Print Procedure; Formulas; Conversion Tables; Material Sources; Bibliography; Index

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Steve Anchell has taught digital and darkroom classes at Oregon State University, and has conducted workshops since 1979 at institutions such as the International Center for Photography, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and UCLA. Steve is a former contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and Camera & Darkroom, and has written articles for Shutterbug, photo technique, and many other major photography magazines. He is the author of Digital Photo Assignments, The Variable Contrast Printing Manual, and coauthor of The Film Developing Cookbook, published by Focal Press.