Process and Copy Cameras, Continued
Using a process
Using a process camera can be frustrating if you approach the task without
regard for accuracy.
To use a process camera:
Visually inspect the camera. Clean the camera of any lint and
replace any burned-out bulbs.
Set the scales on the head of the process camera to reflect the
amount of reduction or enlargement you require in the finished
image. Make sure the scales are accurately set.
Lift the glass from the copyboard and position the original copy.
Open the aperture wide open. This will increase the amount of
light through the bellows and make focusing easier.
Adjust camera lights for even illumination.
Focus the image on the ground glass of the focal plane. Use a loup
for critical focus.
Select an aperture setting and adjust the aperture ring.
Select a shutter speed and set the camera timer.
Turn off the lights in the darkroom.
Position the film on the film or focal plane with the emulsion
facing the light source and close the camera back.
Turn on the vacuum to the copyboard and the film back.
Expose the film by tripping the shutter release activating the timer.
Turn off vacuum and lights.
Remove the film from the film plane.
Develop the film.
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