I have contact printed many years ago, just for reference mostly - 35mm, 120, 4X5, and a few from 8X10 negs. My method was to use a contact printing frame under my Omega D2 with cold light head using the 150mm lens.
For the past few years, since I have had my Epson 4990 scanner, I have done no darkroom enlarging or contact printing.
I would like to give contact printing a try again, with my 8X10 negs, hopefully resulting in some nice 8X10's suitable for display.
A few questions for those experienced contact printers:
For the light source, is it absolutely necessary to use an enlarger and project through a lens, or is there a less bulky method of exposure (can you just use an overhead room light and get the same results, or is that a stupid question)? I just no longer have the room to set up the D2.
I suspect dodging and burning can only be done with a light source being projected through a lens?
Favorite paper & developer combinations?
Any other advice on what I may not have thought to ask