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    book for this historic technique?

    Hi, do you know a book that descibes techniques like this...?
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    Re: book for this historic technique?

    I don't recall ever seeing that technique in any book...
    It was more commonly done in the darkroom afterwards.

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    Re: book for this historic technique?

    Like Dugan, I recall this mainly as a darkroom procedure, but I also vaguely recall that Spiratone sold a set of masks and a holder that were intended for use in front of a camera lens.

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    Re: book for this historic technique?

    #1 is a vignette, some enlargers had the technique built in with lamps

    I had a 5X7 cast iron beyond heavy Vignetting enlarger

    #2 is a Gobo

    Had to let it go with the Autofocus enlarger

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    Re: book for this historic technique?

    Easy, just put the negative upside down in the enlarger [emulsion side up.] This will give you the mirror image of the subject.

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    Re: book for this historic technique?

    In-camera vignetting. It was very common in portrait studios. There use to be lens shades, from Lindahl and others, that would accommodating dark/bright vignetting. For dark, you just need to block some of the light from the subject. For bright, you would use a light to brighten the white card. My Century No. 7, an 8x10 portrait camera, had a vignetting apparatus on the front when I bought it.
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    Re: book for this historic technique?

    Back in my portrait days I had a Marty Rickard Lens Shade, which had opaque and translucent "masks" which attached internally. There was a lot of adjustability there, the mask "tromboned" inside the shade from back to front, and could swing as well. Worked great on RB67's. Same idea. Still have the lens shade

    If you vignetted properly in camera, machine prints could be ordered easily, in leiu of more expensive custom printing
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    Re: book for this historic technique?

    When I worked as a portrait photographer, c.1980, I helped my boss design a vignetter that sat on the front of a Lindahl bellows shade. We tested a way to be able to flip half of the vignetter out of the way; I forget the details now but it must have had something to do with the occasional horizontal composition. Certainly better to do that in-camera rather than in the darkroom.

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