Good book to start colour printing

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by paul_owen, May 25, 2002.

  1. I would like to try colour! Until now I've been a confirmed black and white user! I would like to make prints and wonder what equipment/materials/films (negative vs transparency)/books would be of use? I appreciate that this is a "large" request, but any help would be gratefully received. I have a colour enlarger head and a Nova Quad processor. Thanks in advance. Paul
     
  2. Kodak used to put out a book called of all things, Printing Color
    Negatives" Thats how I learned to print color. I don't know if its
    still in print or not, but you should be able to find a used one.

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    Kevin
     
  3. I started with a quick 5 minute lesson by my LF teacher and a box of
    glossy Fuji Crystal Archive type P, and went from there. I've also
    read a few things, among them are

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    Color Photography : A Working Manual
    by Henry Horenstein, Russell Hart, Tom Briggs
    ISBN 0316373168

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    It was a pretty decent book. I also read

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    Exploring Color Photography
    by Robert J. Hirsch
    ISBN 0697292304

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    I found the Hirsch book not only dealt with the darkroom aspects of
    color, but also the artistic/creative part of it.

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    I was able to get both of them through interlibrary loan at my
    university. The local community college also teaches color classes.
    Two of the campuses have 20" processors. At $142 for a 3 credit 1
    semester class that includes use of the B&W and color darkrooms and
    chemistry, it's quite a deal, IMO.

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    DW
     
  4. The Darkroom Handbook, Revised & Updated, Michael Langford, Alfred A
    Knopf, (c)1984, 12th printing 2001. ISBN 0-394-72468-2 A good basic
    overview of most processes, lots of images illustrating consequences.
    Beginning to get dated by digital, but still a reasonable jumping off
    point.
    And still going strong, the Kodak Color Darkroom Dataguide, 1996, ISBN
    0-87985-611-4, distributed by Silver Pixel Press, 21 Jetview Drive,
    Rochester, NY 14624 John Drew, Techical Manager. (This so happens to
    be Tiffen Co. Also known for Saunders/LPL :)
     
  5. I'd like to recommend Tom Grimm's, "The Basic Darkroom Book (1999)."
    Lots of information for both B&W and color processing and printing.
    It also has a short section on digital for the sake of completeness.
    In all, it's well organized and comprehensive with lots of practical
    advice.
     
  6. Printing color is very easy. In fact much easier than printing b&w.
    The paper is also cheeper than b&w. My favorit paper is
    Fujicolor Crystal Archival that has double the color permanence
    of Cibacrome. Here in Iceland it is less expensive than Ilford
    resincoded Multigrade. I like their luster surface since it is
    almost as brilliant as their glossy but you do not have to wear
    white glowes while handeling it and when put behinde glass
    there is only one reflecting surface. An the rule of filtration you
    dial in the color you want to get rid of or dial out its
    complimentary color. Say it your print is to blue you increase the
    filtration in C+M or decrease Y. Another rule; you only use two
    filter colors at the same time the third only gives you neutral
    density. So go and print in the darkroo there is no book to
    sustitute that. Have fun!
     

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