Tutorials

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Darkroom Tutorials Using DeVere and Durst Darkroom Enlargers
Friday, May 5th, 2017

A video and illustrated article covering 6 different enlargers for printing black and white negatives on Ilford Multigrade variable contrast papers.

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Darkroom Tutorials Photography Tutorials Making Darkroom Videos
Saturday, April 8th, 2017

making videos for YouTube and www.DarkroomDave.com

Dave Butcher Darkroom Enlargers in Safelight

Darkroom Tutorials Split grade printing the Ilford way using Ilford Multigrade under the lens filters
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

This tutorial explains how to use Ilford Multigrade under the lens filters for split grade printing the Ilford way.

Some Ideas for the Darkroom
Monday, September 28th, 2015

I have pulled together a short talk of about 18 minutes to show a range of things that are possible in the darkroom given a bit of time, patience and practice.

Dave Butcher Enlargers

Darkroom Tutorials Process Times for Ilford FP4, SFX and Delta 400
Friday, September 11th, 2015

Process Times for Ilford films FP4+, SFX and Delta 400

Dave Butcher Darkroom Enlargers in Safelight

Darkroom Tutorials Making Your First Black and White Print
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Making your first print, including test strips and how Ilford Multigrade variable contrast papers work

Multigrade Under-the-lens Filter Set

Darkroom Tutorials Split Grade Printing the Ilford Way
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Learn the easy way to make prints using two or more exposures to give more control over your print density and contrast.

Darkroom Tutorials Drying Fibre Based Paper Using a Flatbed Dryer
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

How to dry fibre based FB photographic prints flat using flatbed dryers

Dave Butcher Enlargers

Darkroom Tutorials Black and White Film Processing Using Paterson Tanks
Friday, June 13th, 2014

How to process black and white film, text description and videos.

Gogarty's Bar, Dublin

Photography Tutorials Trip Planning
Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Trip planning in Ireland

St Peters Basilica and the River Tiber from the Umberto Bridge, Rome

Photography Tutorials City Photography
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Getting started with City Photography

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Photography Tutorials Using a Sekonic Spot Meter for Film Photography
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Reliable metering with a hand-held spot meter.

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Darkroom Tutorials Processing a Fibre-Based Print
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Just a quick video about what happens after the Ilford Multigrade FB (fibre-based) print has been exposed.

Tower Bridge and London City Hall at Night

Photography Tutorials Night Photography
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

A few hints and tips to get you started with photography after dark.

Dave Butcher with Mamiya 7 on Gitzo tripod in a blizzard in Colorado

Photography Tutorials Landscapes in Black and White
Monday, March 24th, 2014

A few hints and tips I have picked up over 40 years or so of taking black and white landscapes using film cameras.

Filters

Photography Tutorials Film and Filters
Monday, March 24th, 2014

What to put in front of and behind the lens!

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Darkroom Tutorials Darkroom Printing Chemicals
Monday, March 24th, 2014

A run-through of all the chemicals I use.

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Photography Tutorials Camera Equipment for Hill and Mountain Photography
Monday, March 24th, 2014

What to take with you on your high-altitude expedition.

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Photography Tutorials Depth of Field and Tripods
Monday, March 24th, 2014

For slower speeds you need support to avoid blur due to camera movement. Find out how.

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Photography Tutorials Using Ilford SFX Infra-red Film
Monday, March 24th, 2014

As there are not many infra-red (IR) films available now, I describe here the use of Ilford SFX.

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Darkroom Tutorials Pre-Flash Printing
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

A useful technique if you’re having trouble getting detail in very bright areas of your prints but difficult to use well in practice. See Split Grade printing.