Now that we have made the contact sheets, I will now have chosen the shots I would like to enlarge. These enlargements will be how I create my final prints for submission.
- First you must make sure the enlarger has been switched on, and had enough time to warm before using it.
- Secondly set your aperture accordingly we started at f/3.5 and increased it if we thought it was necessary.
- Thirdly set magenta to 50 and increase it if you feel the contact sheet, lacks contrast and looks a little flat. Magenta increases the contrast of the enlargement but that means the exposure time will be different.
- Make sure to put your film into the slot.
- Now using a focus finder make sure the focus and height are set accordingly.
- Set the timer up for how many seconds, you would like exposure to occur we started with four seconds.
- Now that the enlarger is set up, turn of the light in the enlarger. We can set up the easel to either create a border on the page or to allow the enlargement to be straight.
- Make sure to have something to hand to block the light on the photographic paper, so we can create interval strips to find the best time for the exposure. Make sure that you move the object along evenly so that you can see each exposure interval.
- Start exposing the photographic paper at the predetermined intervals (we choose 5 seconds)
- Process the photographic paper, in the automatic Darkroom Processor. (If not process the photographic paper, (in the developer (Similar process to Film processing))
- Once it has been processed, choose the preferred interval exposure that you think is correct. Then expose the photographic paper to preferred time.
- If you change any setting you must re-do the testing strip because the exposure variables are different.
Personal Experience with creating Enlargement:
This was a very similar process to creating the contact negative sheets, but was slightly more complicated, because we had to set the height and do the focus to make sure the enlargement would show the grain of the film. I had trouble deciding if it was in focus or not and using the focus finder was a struggle for me. This was also the first time that you could see if the shot was in focus or not which was possible on the contact sheet but it wasn’t detailed to make a good judgement on whether it was in focus. I exposed the paper for 8 seconds and had the magenta level at 80.