Making a Contact Sheet

Follow along  in your  textbook on 

page  142.

Purposes of a Contact Sheet
• Shows you which images on a roll of film are correctly exposed, underexposed and overexposed. • Allows you to edit your images and choose the best ones to print. • Gives you an opportunity to crop your images with a Sharpie or grease pencil before printing.

Contact Sheet: First Steps
Check Chemistry for Freshness: • Exhausted Dektol is dark brown. • Exhausted Stop is blue. • Check Fixer with Hypo-Chek.
*hint: you can only tell the true colors of the chemicals with the “white lights” on.

Film and Paper
• Do not remove negatives from sleeve! • You should be able to read the name of the film and your name when looking at your sleeve. • Cut test strips (about 2” wide)

Under the Enlarger

• Remove your easel to the cabinet under your enlarger. • Insert a Filter (#2­3) into the tray under lens. • Make a test strip in 3 second intervals • Put processed and rinsed test strip into tray.

Edge Print Evaluating

Sprocket Holes a Test Strip

• Carry print (in a tray) into the classroom. • The first exposure on the test strip with black sprocket holes  and white edge print is the correct exposure. • Avoid the temptation to judge the exposure according to the  individual photographs.

Make a Complete Contact Sheet

• Do not use easel • Use sheet of glass • Expose entire sheet for time determined by your test strip.

A Proper Contact Sheet
• Notice the black  edges. • Notice the white edge  print (Frame numbers  and “Kodak”). • Dark frames show  underexposed  negatives. •Light frames show  overexposed negatives.

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