Making a Print


  1. Choose a negative that you want to print. It should not be too ___ or too _____

  2. Insert negative into _____ ____. The _______ should read normally when you look down at them. The ridges on the negative carrier should be facing _____.

  3. ______ your negative. Remove the ______ by using a _______ _____.

  4. Place negative carrier in enlarger with light ____.


  6. Adjust _______ so the image just overlaps the opening in the easel.

  7. Adjust filter so it is ____ _________ any part of the print. For now, just use the 2 ½ filter. Later you will learn about using other filters.

  8. Adjust the aperture so that it is not too ______ and not too ______.

  9. Focus in 2 ways. First, use ____ to do general focusing. Second, refine the focus by finding an _____ between ___ and ____ and using the grain focuser.


  11. Make a test strip
    -insert strip of paper into ______
    -choose an increment of ____ (based on height, aperture, and -density)
    -press button and _____ ________ over at least 5 times
    ____ minutes developer
    ____ second stop bath
    ____ minute fixer
    take out into light and judge
    _____ minutes fixer, so that ___ minutes total (just test strips)
    then _______ _________ and ______

  12. Judging your test strip: you need to find the best exposure. But what is the best exposure? It is the part of your test strip that shows a deep rich ___ and a bright _____. There should be details in the shadows and in the highlights. If none of the times are good, make another test strip and adjust the time.

  13. Once you determine the correct exposure time, write the following in _____ on the ________ _____ corner of your print, separated by slashes.
    •  Name
    •  Enlarger number
    •  Aperture/f-stop setting
    •  Filter number
    •  Time

    for example, if your name is Sally and you are on enlarger 10, and are printing with an f-stop of f8, with a 2 ½ filter, for 12.5 seconds, then you should have the following on your print:

    Sally / 10 / f8 / 2 ½ / 12.5

  14. Place a full piece of paper in the _______. Make sure the paper is inserted correctly. You need to have _____ __________.

  15. Expose paper for correct amount of time, and then process
    ______ min developer
    ______ second stop bath
    _______ minutes fixer
    then fixer remover and wash
    __________ and put in _______ rack

(in terms of darkroom technique)


  • Perfectly sharp
  • Complete full range of tones, from black to white with all greys
  • TOTALLY CLEAN!!!!!!! NO dust, smudges, tong marks, or fingerprints
  • Image goes to edge of borders with no black or white gaps
  • Borders are even and completely white
  • No yellow, purple, or any other color stains on your prints
  • Info written in pencil on back bottom left corner of print



























































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