7 thoughts on “How to make salt prints – the video

  1. This video on salt printing has too little information (including some inaccurate info) to successfully execute the process. The procedure on making a digital negative is too superficial to provide any real guidance to make a negative that will have the printing characteristics required to make a salt print with a full range of tones or anything close to a full range of tones.

  2. My intent while producing this video was to simply introduce this process to viewers and to hopefully inspire them to give it a try. It was not intended to be a tutorial in Photoshop by any means. As with most of the how-to procedures on this website and elsewhere, the intent was to present a framework by which a particular process may be carried out and not to waste time or space dealing with issues that need to be experimented with by the viewer. I feel that being able to actually see the steps in action via a video is a plus for that matter. As for any inaccuracies I may have presented, I would love to know what they are so that I can address them here.

  3. enjoyed your informative video on salt prints

    i want to congratulate you on including at least two important pieces of information in the process that was not mentioned in the salt print kit

    1) warm the gelatin/salt solution back to its liquid state before applying it to the print paper – kit instructions make no mention of this so i proceeded to dump the jello-type solution into a tray and brush it onto the paper

    2) place the emulsion side of the negative against the paper – thanks for pointing this out

    3) low uv light mentioned by you is low-wattage tungsten – other sites mention 7-watt red or yellow bulbs – any more information on a safe light to use when applying the silver nitrate?

    once i get the “low uv light” issue resolved, i will proceed with my first exposure – looking forward to the process and the product – thanks for your help


  4. Great introductory video, but please, in future make the intro shorter (photography 101 w music). I am in a location where loading speeds can be excruciatingly slow!

  5. This is a really fine, understandable, and accessible instruction on salt printing. I am a novice trying to learn photography vis-a-vis alternative photo processes to go along with my pinhole obsession. As I seek to discover and create, I find too often that photographers get a little knowledge and graduate from novice to know-it-all snob. Too bad for me. There are a number of things I can learn from them, and they from me.

    This video does the heavy lifting. I followed this vid step-by-step and produced a few fine, fine salt prints, regardless of information or inaccuraccies the video may contain–how would I know anyway? I think to get started satisfying the creative impulse leads to refined methods, further learning, and, ultimately, something that I really like…and then, perhaps something that others can judge by their standards.

    Thanks a million for this. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate clear, illustrative instruction, especially in a world where people can get really fussy and acane to the exclusion of those who really want to participate.

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