Discussion in 'Alternative Process' started by Ian-Barber, Feb 7, 2018.
Has anyone got any experience with the kallitype process
Yes I've made Kallitypes, the process itself is quite easy but the harder part is having negatives of the right contrast. I used Kodak Direct duplicating film (I forget the exact name/code but it's long discontinued) to make enlarged inter-negatives (it was a positive material) but you can make digital inter-negatives instead.
Done well and Platinum toned they look identical to Platinum prints, I was in touch with a photographer in Istanbul who was doing this, it's a lot cheaper than Platinum printing.
I went on a two day Albumen printing course at Dimbola House, Isle of Wight (the Julia Margaret Cameron museum), a bout 4 or 5 years ago and it was great fun, I came back with some nice prints - but off glass negatives from their collection. They didn't go into the sort of negatives you need.
A good source of information is Ed Buffalo's website Unblinkingeye. There's a section on making duplicate negatives I think (by reversal processing).
Do you need a negative of low contrast. I have read that negatives developed in a staining developer are very well suited.
No you need higher contrast negatives, staining negatives work well for alternative processes because the dye stain is more effective at blocking UV and the higher end of the visible light spectrum. There should be details on Unblinking eye or the Pyrocat website about processing negatives for dual use conventional printing/scanning and for alternative processes. It's one reason Sandy King came up with Pyrocat HD, the variants came much later.
Most people use QTR to make digital inter-negatives, there's profiles for alternative printing. My Platinum inter-negatives have a very deep green colour as this is more effective with UV light sources.
For the UV source, are you using tanning tubes
The only time I've done Platinum printing was with someone else's UV light box. I use daylight for Kallitypes but it's a long time since I last did some.
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