hey-i'm going to print my own color prints for the first time and even after this intro class i'm still confused, do you have like a guide to color printing? thanks!
First I print at ICP (international center of photography) in New York, I highly recommend it. If you’re a student there you get to print for free (I think Barnard/Columbia/NYU students get a deal too). If not you pay ~$10 and bring your own paper and film (which must already be developed) Printing is pretty annoying and takes a while of getting used to but once you get it, you get it.
Things to Keep in Mind
- unlike a black and white printing room it is pitch black when printing color
- this means you cant see other people, so you have to hear them, make announcements (walking to the processor, walking to 15, walking to the door)
- Be patient, the processor can take a few minutes, but if your prints dont arrive in about 10 minutes you may have a problem, see a tech
How to Print:
- Load your negative slide with developed film, this step can take place in or out of the dark room
- Bring all your supplies (negative slide, paper [which should always be covered], focus assist, etc)
- Insert your negative slide into the enlarger
- Set the border on your easel
- Focus/Crop/Fit your image on to the easel (you can use the white light setting to help you focus but make sure its back on the print option once your done)
- Set the timer, a good starting point is 8s
- Turn of the light, insert a sheet of paper into easel (use ridges to guide you as this is in complete darkness)
- Close the paper and stow it away
- Seriously. Close the paper and stow it away.
- Hit the timer and wait, dont touch or interrupt this process
- Once the paper have been exposed bring into the processor, load, and wait
- Adjust colors/time from original print
- A good base point for color is c35, m35, y0, but whatever you feel works with your photo best is most important
- Yellow removes cyan
- Magenta removes green
- Cyan removes red
- add magenta to make the print cooler (green-ish)
- subtract magenta to make the print warmer (magenta-ish)
- add yellow to make the print cooler (blue-ish)
- subtract yellow to make the print warmer (yellow-ish)
- add cyan to make the print warmer (red-ish)
- subtract cyan to make the print cooler (cyan-ish)
4. The most important thing is trial and error. Each photo is unique and requires its own specific coloring, take time to make sure your photo is the best it can be. Keep trying until you get the desired result.