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Thanks very much for the latest tutorial on BW conversion! Although I'm using Gimp and not Photoshop it was very useful - especially your explanation and parameters of the unsharp mask. Getting much closer now to the look I have in mind.
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NeeZee and Whitecat, I'm glad my tutorials have been useful to you. I have many more planned!
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I learnt something about unsharp mask today ... thanks Chris.

Actually as a self taught shooter it amazes me how much I have learnt here at RFF through general information from others ... and people like yourself.
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In this new video tutorial, I show you how to make color inkjet prints of your photos that match the image on your computer's screen.

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I have just made a new video tutorial explaining how to sharpen images and adjust contrast using unsharp masking in Photoshop and Lightroom.

http://youtu.be/jAT7t-GL9RU
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I agree with you. I think some of it, like esoteric developing methods such as stand developing, represents the perpetual quest for a "Magic Bullet" some photographers spend a lifetime chasing.

Pushing is useful in some types of work, like photojournalism, where getting a shot is so important that you can sacrifice absolute quality (example, if the film you have isn't fast enough, you can push to 'get a picture' even if the picture sucks..its better than no picture).

Using old film is just tightfistedness. I know some people who do it genuinely don't have much money, but RFF is full of men who make more than 95% of the population of the USA or the EU, who own $30,000 worth of Leica gear, and then quibble over spending $6 a roll for film. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
I'm with you on both points Chris.

At this time of year the days in Europe are so short, and I consistently shoot everything at around ISO 800 for December and January. This has given me a good feeling for what I gain and lose with that 1 to 1.5 stop of pushing a 400 bid speed film. Sometimes I like the resulting look, and sometimes it is better than not getting the shot. That would actually be an interesting topic for a real discussion thread here, but I fear has too much internet lore baggage to be a useful exercise.

As for expired film, certainly! I'm one order of magnitude less in gear value and yet see the point you are making. Why bother trying to save on film when a roll plus DIY development is less than the cost of a pint / coffee / choose your poison? Penny wise, pound foolish, and probably still missed the shot!

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One of my favorite black and white film developers is PMK, a Pyrogallol based developer that gives incredible tonality, especially with foggy landscapes. It is a notoriously difficult developer to use, because of its tendency to cause streaks and spots on films if your developing technique is not correct.

In this new tutorial video, I demonstrate how to use PMK to get perfect results.

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Dear Chris,

Thanks again for your help. This PMK thingy might come in handy for me in the future. Been thinking of mixing my own Obsidian Aqua and then PMK (mid-term plan)

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Thanks for the videos Chris, especially the PMK one! Very informative.
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I am beginning a new series of video tutorials now. Here is the first of them:

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Thank you for sharing all you do, most of it is over my head at this point but I look forward to learning!

You're welcome. I've been having a lot of health issues lately, so I haven't added anything new in a while, but I am getting ready to do so.

Are there any techniques any of you would like to see me do tutorials on?
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Health issue stink. I hope that all resolves Chris.

A few days ago I looked at some old material you posted about scanning. Couldn't help but think what a helpful RFF member that Chris guy is.
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Health issue stink. I hope that all resolves Chris.

A few days ago I looked at some old material you posted about scanning. Couldn't help but think what a helpful RFF member that Chris guy is.

I've been in bad health all of my life. I spent half my childhood in the hospital because I kept having seizures. When I was older, I was thin and frail; I didn't weigh more than 100lb until I was in my early 30s, despite being 5'10" tall. In 2016, I had a stroke that left the right side of my body weak. If I put weight on my right leg, I sometimes lose feeling in my leg and fall. I've suddenly dropped things from my right hand for the same reason, and sometimes I have trouble manipulating objects like keys or pencils, which is hard because I am right-handed. Sometimes I have weird muscle twitches in my face that I cannot control.

Yeah, health problems suck!

I'm happy that my tutorials are useful to you. I had to learn all of this by trial and error many years ago. About 15 yrs ago, my health problems made it hard for me to work in the darkroom anymore. The chemicals were triggering allergies and causing respiratory problems, even though I had a good ventilation system. I got my Nikon scanner with the help of a wealthy person who liked my work, and I bought books on Photoshop and started practicing!
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Good luck to you Chris. I enjoy your tutorials, too. Like you I've had nothing but bad health luck all my life. Keep your head up though, for the last few years things have been good for me (just a few hospital visits).
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Good luck to you Chris. I enjoy your tutorials, too. Like you I've had nothing but bad health luck all my life. Keep your head up though, for the last few years things have been good for me (just a few hospital visits).

John,

Sorry to hear you've been in poor health too. I'm glad things are looking up for you.
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Hey Chris:

Let me add to the deep appreciation. I'm probably somewhere like one of your teen students in current stage - less acne, less distraction, etc. but maybe (geezin') older and more rigid in other ways. Teens can be fearless in good ways, too! But that aside, this PMK stuff looks marvelous. But I'm put off by the toxic bit. Sounds intense? I worry 'bout what we throw down the drain, much less inhale or otherwise come into contact with. Too early for me to deviate into a developer that I think you post is great, but a tad finicky too. For now I'm curious, but keeping my distance. But still curious. The handling issues can probably be overcome, but then there's the finicky part. Sounds like something for the Advanced Class. Is that right? I've used HC-110 and DD-X (Ilford) successfully so far, and have a bottle of Rodinal that I'm saving for "down the pike", so I'm admiring from afar from now... and likely sometime ahead. Will collect info meantime (almost bought the book on PMK, but didn't).
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Let me add to the deep appreciation. I'm probably somewhere like one of your teen students in current stage - less acne, less distraction, etc. but maybe (geezin') older and more rigid in other ways. Teens can be fearless in good ways, too! But that aside, this PMK stuff looks marvelous. But I'm put off by the toxic bit. Sounds intense? I worry 'bout what we throw down the drain, much less inhale or otherwise come into contact with. Too early for me to deviate into a developer that I think you post is great, but a tad finicky too. For now I'm curious, but keeping my distance. But still curious. The handling issues can probably be overcome, but then there's the finicky part. Sounds like something for the Advanced Class. Is that right? I've used HC-110 and DD-X (Ilford) successfully so far, and have a bottle of Rodinal that I'm saving for "down the pike", so I'm admiring from afar from now... and likely sometime ahead. Will collect info meantime (almost bought the book on PMK, but didn't).

If you're just getting started with film developing, I'd probably wait on trying PMK.

Toxicity isn't such a big issue as long as you buy the liquid kit. Its also sold in powder form, and some users buy the bulk chemicals and make their own. Dry chemicals are very easy to breathe in as the dust becomes airborne, and inhaled chemicals absorb into the bloodstream much more efficiently than liquids that get on your skin (and wearing nitrile gloves eliminates that problem).

Even though danger from PMK toxicity is easy to avoid, the developer is a difficult and finicky one to work with.

Go ahead and try Rodinal, though. It is actually a pretty easy developer to use. I learned to develop film when I took Photography class in high school 25 years ago. My high school photo teacher was a huge Rodinal fan, and that was the only developer he had his students use.

I don't teach high school anymore. I was actually a literature teacher, not a photo teacher (I have a masters degree in literature). One day in November, 2013 I was teaching and the right side of my body went numb and stayed that was for several hours. A stroke! I have not been well since then. Some days, I am tired and can't do anything but sleep. The right side of my body is weakened, and I walk with a limp.

So, I stepped down from being a fulltime teacher and worked a couple more years as a substitute teacher on the days I felt well. Last year, when working as sub, I witnessed a school employee bullying a blind middle school student whose father was also a teacher. I called him and told him what I saw, and the school system fired me for 'causing trouble' by talking to him.

So, I am retired. I make my living teaching lessons and selling prints. I miss my students; I run into kids I worked with, both as a fulltime teacher and as a sub, all the time and they always tell me they miss me.
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I've added a new scanning tutorial to my website. My old tutorial is about black and white negative scanning. This one is for scanning color slides and transparencies with Vuescan.

http://crawfordphotoschool.com/digit...e-scanning.php
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A lot of people learn better from watching how to do it, rather than reading about it, so I've made a video version of the Color Slide Scanning with Vuescan tutorial.

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A couple years ago, I made a video showing how to convert color digital images to black and white just using the tools built into Photoshop. While that can give good results, most of us who do a lot of BW work find that the tonality is still lacking, and that better results can be obtained with specialized plugins that increase local contrast without losing highlight and shadow detail.

I've just made a video showing how to get the best results out of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, a popular and now FREE Photoshop plugin for converting color to BW.

https://youtu.be/xvnkwa9Zwjw

I plan to do tutorials on some other color to BW plugins soon.
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Someone who had watched my video on YouTube on scanning color slides asked me if I had tried having Vuescan save a RAW file instead of a TIFF file. He was having trouble making it work, so I played around with it, figured it out and made a video showing how to scan into a RAW file in Vuescan.

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I've just created a new video tutorial showing how to use the Advanced Black & White mode on Epson photo printers to get BW prints that are either perfectly neutral, or that have traditional darkroom toning (cooltone, warmtone, sepia tone).

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