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A photograph is a moment in time caught in a single image It is something to always be cherished so as not to ever forget that time and place in ones life It can also be used to capture a beautiful and unique image Black and white photographs could also be considered an artform They are a way to show something from a different perspective or in an artistical form To actually produce a black and white print is not very complicated if following a simple process quality prints can be achieved from a good negative For this example Ilfospeed Multigrade paper and chemicals will be used Basic knowledge of a darkroom and the equipment used will be helpful to follow this process The steps that are needed to follow include using the enlarger to expose an image onto the paper then placing the paper through a series of chemical baths which produce an image onto the paper and finally washing and drying the print Each of these procedures are fundamental in achieving the goal of a perfect print The first and most critical step in making a black and white print is the process involved with using the enlarger The negative should first be cleaned off of any dust or fingerprints with a soft cloth Take the negative and place it emulsion side dull side down into the negative carrier Place carrier into enlarger head then turn off the room lights leaving only the safety lights on now With the enlarger turned on the negative will be projected onto the easel Adjust the enlarger by moving it up and down to accommodate the paper size that will be used the paper size is represented by the easel which has been sized according to the paper dimensions that it will be printed on Now to focus the image turn the aperture so that it is fully open that will then allow the greatest amount
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