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    Paper negatives

    I am looking to get into LF by doing paper negatives and then contact print them.

    Does anyone have any really good experience with this?
    Which paper should I use? I am happy to use someone else's preferred type. I mainly shoot non-living things, so slow speeds should be alright. Are there fast papers though?
    Any tips on the needed chemicals?

    As far as printing exposing goes, is it possible to use a regular light bulb (I don't have nor want an enlarger)?
    What would be a good starting point for trying out exposure times using one?


    Thanks!

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    Re: Paper negatives

    I have done this years ago. Use an enlarging paper without printing on the back. Some of the Kodak papers had this. The paper speed is really slow, like about 6. I used a low contrast graded paper. You can dry the paper negative pretty fast with a hair dryer and print! Next best thing to Polaroid. Experiment with different paper surfaces. Some will give a slightly mottled look. Use regular paper developers. A standard light bulb is fine. You need a good contact printer, not a proof printer.

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    Re: Paper negatives

    There is a whole thread for paper negative image, is you sort through a lot of questions are answered for you. http://www.largeformatphotography.in...aper-negatives

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    Re: Paper negatives

    Totally missed that thread. Very helpful.

    Thanks to you both!

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