[alt-photo] Re: pitfalls of alt

Paul Viapiano viapiano at pacbell.net
Sat Feb 12 20:52:31 GMT 2011

Well, I don't know that these are alt problems, rather like DUH problems. 
We've all had them, though...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christina Anderson" <zphoto at montana.net>
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Subject: [alt-photo] Re: pitfalls of alt

> OHMAGOSH Mark I've done that and did not think to include it!! Good point. 
> Yeah, not all paper is watermarked.
> Christina Z. Anderson
> christinaZanderson.com
> On Feb 12, 2011, at 12:23 PM, Mark Nelson wrote:
>> How about a stack of paper you forgot to label and can't identify?
>> Mark Nelson
>> www.PrecisionDigitalNegatives.com
>> PDNPRint Forum @ Yahoo Groups
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>> sent from my iPhonetypeDeviceThingy
>> On Feb 12, 2011, at 11:25 AM, Christina Anderson <zphoto at montana.net> 
>> wrote:
>>> Dear All,
>>> I am compiling a list of frequent problems that occur with alt for a 
>>> presentation. For instance, paper specificity is one that is the bane of 
>>> my existence as of late. Seriously, now. When papers change, do you 
>>> think the paper manufacturers would tell us??!!
>>> I thought I would ask the list if anyone had their pet peeve to share so 
>>> I can add it to my growing list in case i don't have it already?
>>> When I finish I will post.
>>> Here are some suggestions:
>>> printing on the wrong side of OHP
>>> banding in the digineg
>>> venetian blinds in the digineg
>>> forgetting to invert the neg (yes, it does occur!)
>>> I'm not necessarily being process-specific, though, e.g. gum might have 
>>> staining or sloughing off of the layer or speckling as pitfalls. But 
>>> heck, that'd be OK, too.
>>> Anyway, interested to see your all's pet peeves, trials, tribulations...
>>> One of these years I hope to compile a FAQ, too...such things as "When 
>>> is a hair dryer a good thing?" etc.
>>> One of the great things about teaching is that if there is a mistake to 
>>> be made, it is done, and I can document. This past week I had one I had 
>>> never seen before, trying to read a blur/average square that should have 
>>> given one consistent number kept jumping all over the place. Found out 
>>> the eyedropper tool was NOT set to point sample but to 101x101. Of 
>>> course, it took me 45 minutes to figure that one out and it was another 
>>> faculty member that suggested that might be the cause. Gees.
>>> OH LOL another I'll share. One student kept having horribly contrasty 
>>> pt/pd prints. Come to find out, he was using straight NA2 20% as his pt 
>>> part of the equation (not pd!), instead of using it as a contrast agent 
>>> in addition to the metal. That was one of those that was so 
>>> inconceivable to me I didn't guess it. He finally figured it out.
>>> Chris
>>> Christina Z. Anderson
>>> christinaZanderson.com
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