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"Photographic Emulsion Making, Coating and Testing" Book By Ron Mowrey

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"Photographic Emulsion Making, Coating and Testing" By Ron Mowrey

Kodak has moved away from making photographic paper and film but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own. Especially when you can learn to make film, contact and enlarging paper emulsions from a man who helped develop emulsions for Kodak during its heyday. Ron Mowrey is a former engineer for Kodak. While he won’t be giving away any trade secrets, he will show you how you can make your own emulsions and how you can coat your own papers and film for both contact printing and enlarging papers.


I.1 General introduction

            I.1.1 Safety

            I.1.2 Equipment

            I.1.3 Coating methods

I.2 Making an Azo type emulsion

            I.2.1 Weighing

            I.2.2 Preparing the kettle

            I.2.3 Precipitation

I.3 Making an ISO 40 Orthochromatic emulsion

            I.3.1 Weighing

            I.3.2 Making a Silver Nitrate Ammonia complex

            I.3.3 Precipitation

            I.3.4 ISO washing

I.4 Testing your work 


II.1 Pumped making

II.2 UF washing


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  1. I can't wait for volume 2! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Nov 2016

    If you want to begin in emulsion making, this truly is the only place to start. This book and DVD set contain the instructions to make a variety of paper and film emulsions using modern materials. Ron's book covers everything you might want to know getting started in emulsion making. All the formulas presented within are robust and have been tested in the lab. Given Ron's experience as an engineer at Kodak, a scientific evaluation of photo materials is given for those who wish to troubleshoot problems or venture beyond published formulae and undertake their own research. Good lab technique is discussed so that complex procedures can be repeatedly and reliably performed. I highly recommend this book and DVD set if you have any interest in emulsion making in the home darkroom. Thanks Ron!

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