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When you get tired of sending your film to the local drugstore to be processed and developed, then log onto About.com's amateur photo page and type "education" into the search engine to come up with a three part series on basic darkroom techniques for amateur photographers.
By following this simple three-part process, you can easily set up a darkroom of your own. The site, which offers tips on only one of About.com's 50,000 subjects, is run by professional guide, C. Elizabeth Vest. Learn how to set up a darkroom in your own home, how to choose an area to put it, and lists all of the supplies necessary to do so. At the end of the first lesson, an ariel view of a floor model of what an ideal darkroom setup should look like appears. Using well-organized headings, Vest also describes in plain language the steps, in order, of how to go about processing and
developing your own black and white prints.
Although the site lacks terribly in the visual aspect, failing to offer any pictures to catch your eye and draw you in, this is made up for with the brevity and simplicity of each lesson. In fact, each of the three lessons was so easy to follow that I was tempted to set up a darkroom in my own home.
There is a list of everything you could possibly need, from the enlarger to print photos with to the rubber tongs used to handle wet prints. You will learn how to process your negatives, how to make a contact sheet of your negatives, how to enlarge your prints, how to dodge, burn, crop and how to do almost everything in between. There's even a blurb for those to read who become frustrated with the process to heighten their spirits.