Christopher H. Barreca

Photo-Murals for the Stage

 

A photo-mural is, roughly, any photo-enlargement larger than 20″ × 24″. Commercial black and white mural processing costs about $5.00 per square foot: mounting, toning, and special negative preparation are extra. It is possible to process black and white photo-murals at about a quarter of the commercial cost. The three steps are shooting and choosing the negative, testing and printing, and mounting and finishing the mural.

SHOOTING AND CHOOSING THE NEGATIVE

The negative must be clean, sharp, fine-grained, and of relatively high contrast. For shooting negatives of print material, use a very fine-grained film such as Kodak Plus-X Pan Professional®. Set the original under a clean piece of glass ...

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