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Focal Press - Book: Post Exposure - Advanced Techniques for the Photographic Printer
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Distilled from over thirty years experience and addressing both black-and-white and color printing, Post Exposure's purpose is to teach photographers the refinements of photographic printmaking, taking them from making merely competent prints to making excellent ones.

Post Exposure provides clear explanations of principles and theory, but the focus is on practical techniques and examples of fine printmaking. Post Exposure contains numerous photographic prints, including sixteen pages of color.


  1. Introduction
  2. How We See
  3. How the Film Sees
  4. Enlarging and Contact Printing
  5. Choosing and Testing Printing Equipment, Lenses, and Methods
  6. Improving the Darkroom
  7. The Characteristics of Printing Materials
  8. Improving Tonal Rendition and Color
  9. Masking and Other Techniques for Contrast Control
  10. Special Issues with RC and VC Papers
  11. Finishing and Presentation
  12. Permanence
  13. Examples

Readership: Advanced students of photography; practicing photographers and printmakers. Covers the producing of prints with various enlarger heads. Updated "Tricks of the Trade" covering safelight fogging, adequate wash steps in reversal print processing, and litho film masks for dodging and burning in. Expanded coverage on how to do split-filter printing, how to use Sistan and color film masking.

About the Author: Ctein is a photographer and artist. He has a double degree in English and Physics from Caltech and has written over 150 articles and manuals on photographic topics for such magazines as Photo Techniques and Darkroom User. Specializing in dye transfer printmaking, Ctein has been one of Kodak's featured photographers.

Subject Advanced photography
Author Ctein
Edition 2nd
Hard/Soft Cover Paperback
Pages 192
Dimensions 11-7/16 x 8" (292 x 203mm)
Illustrations 25 Line Illustrations, 60 Halftones
ISBN Number 0240804376
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published October 2000