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The Digital Photographer’s Notebook: A Pro’s Guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, and Bridge by Kevin Ames

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Chapter 18. Black and White

I HAVE HAD A DARKROOM MOST OF MY LIFE. Growing up, the bathroom had an enlarger in it. To a child, it was an enigmatic appliance to be contemplated while thinking deep thoughts. I built one in the garage during high school. My house saw the spare bedroom windows covered in aluminum foil, not to keep out the heat—to keep out the light. When I moved into my studio, the darkroom was one of the first priorities (Figure 18.1). It was rough, completely utilitarian. That was okay. It was a darkroom! The sinks were made of 2 × 10s with plywood bottoms covered in fiberglass. The processing line could do eighteen rolls of 35mm black-and-white film at once. I could make prints up to 20 × 24 inches with either one of the two 4 ...

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