10 Print Finishing

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Dryers

Mounting

Matting and Storing Prints

Framing

Dryers

There is something terrifying about the irreversibility of processing negatives. Most photographers don’t mind ruining a print because it’s done all the time and it’s relatively easy to make another, but a ruined negative is gone forever. This mortality tends to keep experimentation to a minimum. Drying is the stage where negatives are most susceptible to damage, especially from streaking, dust, and scratching. Because of the softness of the negative emulsion at this stage, there is a great deal of controversy over how to dry them without damage. Many photographers ...

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