Digital Darkroom? : LUSENET : B&W Photo: Alternative Process : One Thread

I'm a recent college grad and I've taken a few photo classes. Now, I want to get setup with a digital darkroom. Is there anybody out there that has some advice. I'm thinking of using a nikon slr, slide scanner and either printing on an epson printer or going to an online site like (they make traditional color prints from digital files). However, I would really like to shoot black and white and I don't have a better solution than a computer printer. Thanks, Ben

-- ben (, July 03, 2001


Get the book by Dan Burkholder, it shows you how to make digital negs, digital enlargement etc. It will be the easiest way for you to learn.

-- Jorge Gasteazoro (, July 03, 2001.

Ben, doing b&w with digital is a little trickier at this time than doing color. I strongly recommend you check out this web site: about digital printing, and especially b&w with Epson ink jets.

It is my understanding that slide/film scanners don't work all that well with b&w film except with the chromogenic [c-41 process] films like Ilford's XP-2. It is a great film, so that should not be a problem.

Also check out 'Piezography BW' inks and software at: If you are planning on doing serious b&w work, you will want a system like that.


-- Christian Harkness (, July 04, 2001.

Ben, take a look at this site, I think there is some great info there:


-- Christian Harkness (, July 05, 2001.

I was a digital media major and have actually studied under John Paul Caponigro and Felicity Perryman. If you or anyone else would like advice I am available and free ;)

-- anno k (, February 15, 2002.

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