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Buying Guide

Nowadays color printing is primarily the domain of commercial labs. But there are still a number of photo enthusiasts producing high-quality color prints in the temperature-controlled environs of their home darkrooms. Happily for them, the film- and paper-processing chemistry they need is still available for purchase by the ounce as well as by the drum.

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Buying Guide

Most people do not have a permanently installed darkroom space. If you are fortunate enough to own a house or an apartment with the appropriate space and configuration and can dedicate an entire room, walk-in closet or “the room under the stairs” to printing, you are ahead of the game.

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Buying Guide

Some of the most under-considered pieces of equipment in the darkroom are the tanks and reels in which film is developed. A good tank-and-reel set is something that you should definitely have for the long run. 

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Buying Guide

Storage bottles and larger storage tanks come in all different sizes and are a requisite component of any darkroom. A sufficient supply, in different sizes, should be kept handy. Bottles should be labeled and dedicated to a specific chemical, consistently. Some bottles come with a blank area for writing dates and other notations.

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Buying Guide

Thorough washing of your prints is critical for proper preservation of the image. Without a sufficiently good wash, residual chemistry can remain on the print surface and over time gradually degrade the image. We have all seen prints that seem to yellow after several years.

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Buying Guide

Drying prints properly, particularly fiber-based prints, is critical in the photographic process. Poor drying can lead to unnecessary curling of the print that can lead to difficulties in mounting and print finishing. The ideal darkroom should have a separate area, outside the wet and dry areas, where prints can be dried, flattened and finished.

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Buying Guide

A dry-mount press is a luxury for a home darkroom. Due to its inherent size, weight and space requirements, a dedicated work area is recommended. Some presses require high amperage; most dry-mount presses, especially the larger, more heavy-duty units, require their own dedicated power line.

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I know it’s a digital world out there, and the general consensus is: adapt or die. But I can’t deny my love of film and all things related. I just have to believe that there’s a place where both can, at the very the least, co-exist. Because let’s face it: digital is probably here to stay. Yes, I said, “probably”. Sorry, it’s taking me awhile to adjust.

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