...I'm beginning my first foray into traditional optical printing! I hate scanning and I'm already developing my own film so this is the logical next step for me. (I'm 20 on the 6th, how about that! I don't suppose many college students are doing this sort of thing any more) So of course since I'm me and not a normal person, I can't just buy paper and an enlarger and do it the usual way. (Also because I'm broke and lazy.) So I came up with a method that I'm going to try to refine just for the heck of it. I should mention I have never done anything like this before and I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm having a ton of fun. "Enlarger": Old broken Retina Reflex III. The thing needs a CLA very badly and the viewfinder lens broke off. The lens is still in great shape though, and seems to work rather well. It appears very sharp. I have the thing mounted three paint cans high above my bathroom counter, and I'm using pieces of clear acrylic to hold the filmstrip in place. Light source: High power LED flashlight Safelight: Red-colored 40W bulb with outer half painted black Paper: HP glossy photo paper. Intended for inkjet printing but we don't want that, do we? Nope. This stuff needs some AG Plus on it. I'm hand coating, which is something I have almost no experience with. Developer: I'm all out of D-76 so Caffenol it is! I'm using the "Harmony" recipe: http://www.caffenol.org/2010/07/06/harmony-recipe/ Fixer: Kodak Hardening Fixer (bottle I mixed up about two years ago. Some precipitate floating around on top but I guess it might still be good) I'm using some small bins as trays for the developer and fixer. As a test, I took an old negative I'd developed earlier last year (kind of a boring picture if you ask me but that's ok) and went ahead with it. For reference, here's the original photo scanned digitally: And here's my first attempt at a print, ever, in my life. Exposure time was 20 seconds. Developed and fixed for 5 minutes each. I'm quite excited. So at first blush my thoughts are: 1. Overexposed? 2. Needs thinner coating? 3. More development time? 4. More fixing time? So, thoughts, advice, etc, ladies and gentlemen?