[Alt-photo] Salted Paper - Casein salt size

Marek Matusz marekmatusz at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 18 21:07:15 UTC 2018


I bet you can print all sorts of salt variations with just one negative. I typically do. On the other hand you will
also discover that with salt printing you can always use more negative density. If you are printing 24 min, you can adjust ink density to be printing 36 min and get a bit more density of your prints. This seems to be a diminishing effort however as it is difficult to tell them apart unless you keep them side by side and these extremely long printing times make for rather unproductive printing sessions.
I do not apply different curves and I mean S-curves that change tonality, I just adjust to add more or less ink in a linear fashion (QTR) to a negative.
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To: Keith Schreiber; Christina Z. Anderson via Alt-photo-process-list
Subject: Re: [Alt-photo] Salted Paper - Casein salt size

Hi, Keith.

Thanks for your note.  I suspected as much - in terms of re-calibrating
- but thought I would ask.  I do use a 4x5 21 step tablet - and am
printing using PiezoDN - it's not that much of a hassle to do the
testing.  I just wasn't sure how much the salting and size affected the
overall times/correction curve.  Regardless, it would be valuable to know.

Kind regards,

On 2018-02-18 11:00 AM, Keith Schreiber wrote:
> Hi David,
> I think you can count on having to recalibrate your exposure time and
> your correction curve (assuming you are making digital negatives) for
> whatever method you use, every time you change any printing variable.
> For some processes this is more obvious than others. More so for
> cyanotype, less so for Pt/Pd, and my guess is salt printing will be
> towards the more end of the spectrum especially when toning is involved.
> My advice is to use a Stouffer 21-step 4x5 step-tablet for your
> experiments and testing, because this will give you more useful
> information than you can achieve any other way. Then narrow down your
> process choices and determine the relevant exposure time(s) and
> correction curve(s). I can almost guarantee that they will be
> different for each process variation. For a really good example, see
> Christina's recent testing of cyanotype variations.
> If you use a digital step-tablet for this you are handicapped because
> it is either not linearized at all, or is linearized for a different
> set of variables.
> If you use an image negative, either analog or digital, you have no
> idea how close to or far from linear it is, or how a different
> negative would print.
> I know this approach will not appeal to some, and will seem tedious
> and repetitive, but in the end it will save you a lot of time and expense.
> Cheers,
> Keith
> Keith Schreiber
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>> On Feb 18, 2018, at 10:17 AM, David Christensen via
>> Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org
>> <mailto:alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org>> wrote:
>> Two questions.
>> I'm interesting in trying the Casein salt size mentioned in "Salted
>> Paper Printing" but have no sodium citrate on hand - just sodium
>> chloride.  Can sodium chloride be substituted for sodium citrate in
>> some way in this recipe?
>> And - does changing salting and salt-size formulas require
>> recalibrating my times?  I've just used the Universal salting receipe
>> mentioned by Marek Matusz to date - so this is the first time I'm
>> branching out with other formulas.
>> Many thanks for the info.
>> David
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