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Key Info About the Omega Dichroic Photo Enlarger

A darkroom can be a wonderful place to develop hidden talents. However, there is some specific equipment needed to be able to develop your pictures. A dichroic enlarger is a good way to go for color pictures.

What is a photo enlarger?

This is a simple piece of photographic equipment that is made up of a head with a light or lamp and a device to spread the light evenly across the area of the film. There are a negative carrier and column that is adjustable to vary the height away from the negative. A focusing stage lets you bring your projected image into focus. This is all assembled on a baseboard or wall mount.

What is a dichroic photographic enlarger?

An enlarger with a dichroic head is the typical head used for color photography. Its color filters are built in. They can be adjusted using a dial until the correct color balance is achieved. The filters are built to let some colors pass through while other colors are reflected. The colors achieved in the photograph depends on which colors are reflected and which pass through.

What is the process for developing negatives with an enlarger?

When you need to enlarge a copy of your family picture for your wall, you can use a photographic enlarger in your darkroom. This piece of equipment is simple to use. These steps will walk you through the process:

  1. Set your easel to the size of the paper you are using: 8x10, 5x7, 4x6, and so on.
  2. Take your negative slide out of the enlarger. This will be found either on the side or the front, depending on the machine. Open it up wide and place your negative on the slide. Close it and put it back into the enlarger.
  3. Turn the machine on. Once it is on, turn the knobs to lower or raise the slide to get the size of the picture you need. This can be measured on the contact sheet on your easel.
  4. Choose the f-stop. These will define the brightness or darkness of the final photograph on your contact sheet.
  5. With the lights shut off, except the amber lights if desired, place a piece of photo paper on the easel.
  6. Decide how long your exposure to light should be and set a timer. Exposure time depends on a few factors. You might want to do a test strip with various exposure times before doing the final photograph.
  7. Bathe the exposed paper in the various chemicals, starting with the developer, then the stopper, and the fixer. Then bathe it in water and make sure you get all the chemicals off. Hang the photograph to dry.
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