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    Paper negatives

    I make images using paper negatives, from time to time.

    I can't find another thread about this, and I so would like to have a thread, where I can send my students (and other interested) to see what can be done in this way...

    I know there's a lot of paper negatives around LF forum, but let's see them here.

    Portraits - nudes - landscapes - still life's and so on.

    I'll begin:

    Kristina. 24x30cm negative. Ilex paragon soft focus lens.



    and Maj - same story..


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    Re: Paper negatives

    excellent start Gandolfi! and great idea for a thread

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Would this be an appropriate place for a brief expalnation of a paper negative??? I have wanted to give it a try.

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    Would this be an appropriate place for a brief expalnation of a paper negative??? I have wanted to give it a try.
    stradibarrius: read my comment above.
    Just start.

    Use RC paper (stays flat so it is easier to contact print).

    Low iso... depending of what paper you use, from about 12iso and down..

    (If you're using multigrade types of papers, you can place a low multigrade filter in front of the lens to get more grey tones.)

    Simple and fun!

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Those look like positives.

    Seriously, I'm a bit confused exactly what you mean. Are you shooting paper in the camera then contact printing it? I've used paper negatives in the very old days by printing slide film on Panalure then contact printing that, to get a positive BW from a positive color transparency, but that was the extent of it, and it was so long ago I don't even remember what the results were like.

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post

    Seriously, I'm a bit confused exactly what you mean. Are you shooting paper in the camera then contact printing it?.
    well yes!

    Photographic papers are used in stead of film.

    Very simple - very quick and sometimes interesting...

    Papers are ortho chromatic, so especially with portraits you can get some interesting results. (Reds get dark - a redhead will get black hair... lips tends to get dark - hints of freckles are "brought to life" - and on the other hand, the "white" in the eyes (which are more bluish naturally) tends to get whiter than "normal"....

    The negatives are used to make contact prints (these are scans, so an original print will look a little different, as you will see the fibers of the paper in the print. (can look great, by the way).

    You can "manipulate" or retuch, by using a pencil on the back - or red lipstick if you want to make areas totally white.

    An old - almost forgotten, but worth while process.

    (It is cheap - very quick, and simple...)

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    well yes!


    You can "manipulate" or retuch, by using a pencil on the back - or red lipstick if you want to make areas totally white.

    An old - almost forgotten, but worth while process.

    (It is cheap - very quick, and simple...)
    gandolfi, I've been trying paper negatives and it's so much fun. my question is would marking the paper at the back with pencil or red lipstick work with a scanner or it must be contact printed?

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by Digoy View Post
    gandolfi, I've been trying paper negatives and it's so much fun. my question is would marking the paper at the back with pencil or red lipstick work with a scanner or it must be contact printed?

    best,
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    Eric got it right... (The light on a flatbed scanner is reflective, so it doesn't see what's on the back on the negative in this case...)

    here' san example of an image manipulated a little on the back::
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricOmori View Post
    ^^ It would have to be contact printed if you used red lipstick or pencil for the back of the paper negative. You can always scan it and do your dodging in post production too though.
    Quote Originally Posted by gandolfi View Post
    Eric got it right... (The light on a flatbed scanner is reflective, so it doesn't see what's on the back on the negative in this case...)

    here' san example of an image manipulated a little on the back::
    EricOmori and gandolfi, thank you for the answer and that's what I thought too. I will definitely try that technique.
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    Re: Paper negatives

    I'm excited at not only my first chance to use my refurbished 8x10, but also about my first stab at paper negative processing and contact printing. Taken with a Seneca/National 8x10 with Betax No.4 Wollensak Shutter, Kodak Polycontrast III RC Semi-Matt paper rated at ASA 4, f11, 35 seconds, developed Dektol 1:2. Contact printed on Ilford Multigrade RC Glossy paper. This is a great alternative process to using film (and a lot cheaper) and I fortunately have thousands of sheets of paper to play with, so let the games begin.

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