When I enlarge my pictures they come out fuzzy

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What do I need to do to get quality prints when I enlarge my photos?


-- Robert Perry (perrygen706@aol.com), August 30, 2000


Quality negatives and sound technique!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- fred (fdeaton@lycos.com), August 30, 2000.

Robert for people to help you with this problem you need to provide more information as to your working methods, equipment etc. Good luck,

-- Trevor Crone (tcrone@gm.dreamcast.com), August 30, 2000.

Good negative, quality enlarging lens used within its' optimization range and within its' optimal aperture range. Critically aligned enlarger Glass negative carrier proper enlarging and processing technique

-- Bob Salomon (bobsalomon@mindspring.com), August 30, 2000.

One other thing to add. Many negatives seem to be sharp only to fall apart when enlarged because, at contact size, you don't see that they are out-of-focus. A good lupe for focusing on the ground glass is a must. I didn't realize that my close-up vision was going but started to have enlargment problems. Turned out that what I thought were sharp negatives were not, because I used to have perfect eyesight and could focus on the ground glass unaided, but it failed and what I thought was in focus was not. Enlargments just made it obvious.

-- Rob Tucher (rtphotodoc@juno.com), August 30, 2000.

It would help if you provided more information. The first thing to check is that your negatives are sharp. Have you examined the negative carefully with a loupe of the same or higher power as the enlarging magnification? Try scratching a sharp line on a bad piece of film and seeing how it looks on a print. Are you using a grain magnifier? If so, does that image look sharp? What enlarging lens are you using? What stop are you using it at? Is this black and white or color?

-- Michael Briggs (MichaelBriggs@earthlink.net), August 30, 2000.

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