Category Archives: Technique

Eastman Museum at Home

Ok. You’ve binge watched every episode of GoT for the third time. And there is no end in sight to the pandemic. What’s a photographer to do? The George Eastman Museum at Home has an online series of outstanding videos on photography. The history and description of processes (excellent) and DIY videos. One of my […]

“If it was good enough for Edward Weston…” – Developing Film by Inspection

Consider doing film development by inspection.

Woodburytype – Men of Mark

The Woodburytype is a photomechanical reproduction process that is the only process that reproduces the continuous tone ¬†seen in a real photograph. While a copperplate photogravure produces a continuous tone, the resulting image is not strictly “photographic” but much more interpretive and somewhat graphic (and of course gorgeous). As Wikipedia relates the Woodburytype process entails: […]

A Weekend in Bed with Christina Z. Anderson

I just spent the weekend mostly in bed reading Christina Z. Anderson’s new book Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes. Quite satisfying actually. I have Chris’s previous book The Experimental Photography Workbook, 6th Edition which I use as a reference for alternative processes. It was in that book that I was first exposed […]

Lumen Prints

I had come across a form of photogram called Lumen Prints, from Christina Z. Anderson’s book¬†Experimental Photography Workbook, 6th Edition. The process is simple: arrange objects on a sheet of regular B+W paper, place under glass, place in sun for several hours. Use standard silver gelatin paper as a Printing Out Paper. Then wash in […]

Shattering the Warranty: Digital Infrared

I violated any warranty left on my original Canon 1Ds full frame digital SLR. Sitting at my dining room table I decided to make my now unused camera infrared capable. This involved removing various small screws, and carefully labeling them to return them to their proper place. I found the instructions on how to disassemble […]

On Coating Methods

I’ve tried several methods of coating cyanotype and platinum/palladium sensitizers on paper. I primarily rod coat. Starting with a small line of emulsion (say 2ml or a bit less, or 3 single bulb pull dropperfuls) in a line on one end of the paper, I smoothly draw the line with s leading wet edge across […]