Alternative printing service

When using an Ultra Large Format camera the only traditional way of printing the negatives is to contact print them. They are just too big to fit in any enlarger. You can do this with traditional Silver gelatin prints or with some of the many alternative printing processes that stretch back to the beginnings of photography.

The two processes I have spent time attempting to master are Cyanotype and Kallitype. Cyanotype is perhaps the simplest and most accessible process and you can do it yourself at home. I would encourage you to give it a try, is not hard to make something. Being able to print high quality Cyanotypes consistently and making full use of the range of tones available is a different matter however. Careful calibration of your papers, chemicals, processes and negatives is required. This is time consuming, complex and costly and not practical for most people who might only print a few cyanotypes. Don't worry, I've done that hard work for you and have all the papers, chemicals and tools needed to make those high quality prints so you don't have to.

Kallitype is a more complex process, with many steps and options. It's very similar to Platinum/Palladium printing and if you use those as toners the end result is virtually indistinguishable. Gold or Selenium toning can be used also to give a different colour to the final print. There are more chemicals required and it is definitely not accessible to those printing small quantities. This is a process I've spent quite some time trying to get a handle on and can now offer you the fruits of my efforts so you too can now have an entirely unique, high quality kallitype print.

The choice of paper for each process is vital and greatly affects the final image. I use a choice of Arches Platine, Bergger COT 320 and Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag. Each having different advantages from cost, ease of coating and the range of tones that can be printed.

You can see some examples of prints I have made for myself and other people:

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