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How to build a photo enlarger from two cigar boxes, a coffee can, two sheets of clear glass, a sheet of opal glass, a porcelain light socket, a cord, a plug and switch.
BOYS' LIFE Jan 1978 (v.68#1) pg. 33

Enlargers. Making a wise investment. A guide to selecting a quality enlarger that will fit your needs.
CAMERA & DARKROOM Apr 1992 (v.14#4) pg. 34
Added Info CAMERA & DARKROOM Aug 1992 (v.14#8) pg. 11

Buyer's guide to budget enlargers.
CAMERA & DARKROOM Dec 1992 (v.14#12) pg. 53

Foot pedal control for an enlarger starts the timer and turns off the safelights when the enlarger light goes on, and vice versa. Est. cost: $10.
CAMERA 35 Dec 1974 (v.18#9) pg. 53

De-bugging your darkroom. Part 1. How to track down the causes of unsharp prints, such as enlarger vibration, enlarger misalignment and negative curl and popping.
CAMERA 35 Jul 1978 (v.23#6) pg. 44

De-bugging your darkroom. Part 2. How to track down the causes of unsharp prints such as inaccurate focusing, defective enlarging lenses or fogging caused by extraneous light.
CAMERA 35 Aug 1978 (v.23#7) pg. 30

Master printing. Lesson 5. Print dry down. How to compensate for loss of print contrast after they are dry. One method involves test prints. A second method utilizes an enlarger stabilizer.

Calculating the relationships between focal length, bellows extension and print size for printing reduced-size images.

Tricolor printing without guesswork. Part 2. (1) How to use conventional color negative printing paper. (2) How to modify a black-and-white enlarger for color use.

Technique for testing an enlarger for fan motor-induced vibration of the light source.

Tip: Mark your enlarger head height for standard ratios (2X, 3X, etc.). Note this information along with exposure data in your printing log.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Jul-Aug 1979 (v.1#3) pg. 12

Calibrate and mark your enlarger so that you can calculate the correct exposure for a larger (or smaller) copy of a correctly exposed print without resorting to another test print.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Mar-Apr 1980 (v.2#2) pg. 60

How to choose an enlarger. Annual enlarger buying guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Jul-Aug 1980 (v.2#4) pg. 45

Tip: Convert a kitchen cabinet kit into a base for an enlarger. Has lots of storage and may be mounted on casters.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Sep 1981 (v.3#5) pg. 14

How to choose an enlarger. Annual enlarger buying guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Sep 1981 (v.3#5) pg. 19

How to choose an enlarger. Annual enlarger buying guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Jul-Aug 1982 (v.4#5) pg. 27

How to choose an enlarger. Annual enlarger buying guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Jul-Aug 1983 (v.5#5) pg. 24

Get sharp. How to adjust your enlarger, prevent negative pop, and use grain focusers when making enlargements.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Nov 1983 (v.5#7) pg. 80

How to choose an enlarger. A buyer's guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY May-Jun 1984 (v.6#3) pg. 32

Rollaway enlarger stand. A portable enlarger stand with a fold-down dryside bench is made from an old file cabinet, a set of casters, and a few scraps of wood.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Sep 1984 (v.6#5) pg. 66

Three handy enlarger accessories you can make. (1) Slide carrier. (2) "Sticky" easel which holds paper flat. (3) Focus knob extender.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Oct 1984 (v.6#6) pg. 64
Added Info DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Sep 1985 (v.7#5) pg. 6

Lithomontage. How to combine montage techniques with litho film to produce striking high-contrast images. Includes instructions for converting an enlarger into a process camera by reversing the normal function of the optical system.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Nov 1984 (v.6#7) pg. 44

Make a foot switch to control your photographic enlarger.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Jan-Feb 1985 (v.7#1) pg. 79

How to choose an enlarger. 1985 enlarger buying guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY May-Jun 1985 (v.7#3) pg. 49

How to choose an enlarger. The 1986 enlarger buying guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Jul-Aug 1986 (v.8#4) pg. 27
Added Info DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Oct 1986 (v.8#6) pg. 8

Tip on stopping vibrations in an enlarger column.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Nov 1986 (v.8#7) pg. 15

An explanation of the concept of "magnification" as used in photography, especially in enlarging. Includes a formula for calculating the change in exposure when enlarging prints to different sizes.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Mar-Apr 1987 (v.9#2) pg. 14
Correction DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY May-Jun 1987 (v.9#3) pg. 18

1987 enlarger buying guide.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Jul-Aug 1987 (v.9#4) pg. 37

The old coffee can trick. Building a 35mm enlarger to try out B&W printing at low expense. Part 1.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Mar 1990 (v.12#3) pg. 50

The old coffee can trick. Part 2.
DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Apr 1990 (v.12#4) pg. 54

Make a cloth dust cover for your enlarger.
DARKROOM TECHNIQUES Mar 1981 (v.2#1) pg. 21

Daylab 300 enlarger/processor. Product profile includes tips on its use.
INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Mar 1986 (v.35#3) pg. 36

A $6 enlarger, including lens.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #426 Nov 1963 (v.59) pg. 107

Fixed focus Minox enlarger built from tin cans.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #438 Nov 1964 (v.60) pg. 134

An attachment for an enlarger to make pictures smaller than the size of the negative.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #450 Nov 1965 (v.61) pg. 130

Condenser enlarger built of almost entirely of wood will permit 6X enlargement of 35mm negatives. Est. cost: $5.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #456 May 1966 (v.62) pg. 110

Four keys to choosing an enlarger. A look at the key features available in heads, focusing, carriers and drivers.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Sep 1973 (v.37#9) pg. 88

Tip: Simple wooden platform for an enlarger straddles the sink in a bathroom allowing access to the sink while still providing a place for the enlarger.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Apr 1977 (v.41#4) pg. 113

How to wall mount an enlarger that uses a vertical column.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Feb 1978 (v.42#2) pg. 100

Convert a rubber doorstop, a switch button and some wire into a homemade footswitch for photographic enlargers, timers, safelights or other operations requiring a footswitch.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Oct 1978 (v.42#10) pg. 111

How to choose an enlarger that matches your wallet and enlarging needs.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Jan 1980 (v.44#1) pg. 108

How to choose a voltage regulator for your photographic enlarger.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Jun 1980 (v.44#6) pg. 10

Build a wooden enlarger table with a cutout in the top. This will allow you to project through the top to make larger prints.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Aug 1983 (v.47#8) pg. 78

Daylab 300 lets you print color slides or negatives, and process these prints easily anywhere, in any light. Product test includes tips on its use.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Jan 1986 (v.50#1) pg. 36
Correction MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Jun 1986 (v.50#6) pg. 4

Tip: Protect enlarger from dust with a plastic trash bag.
MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY Feb 1986 (v.50#2) pg. 49

An inexpensive photo enlarger you can build. Use a 35mm camera, a tripod, a box lined with aluminum foil, enlarger bulb, and light socket.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #66 Nov-Dec 1980 pg. 62

Modified Beseler 45MCRX enlarger turns into a precise camera/enlarger suitable for use in optical work. Other specialized devices also shown.
PHOTO METHODS FOR INDUSTRY Jul 1974 (v.17#7) pg. 23

Enlarger perspective (convergence) control techniques. Two methods shown.
PHOTO TECHNIQUES Jan-Feb 1998 (v.19#1) pg. 23

How to make a photographic enlarger foot switch.
PHOTOGRAPHIC Mar 1981 (v.9#11) pg. 65

Buying your first enlarger. Some tips.
PHOTOGRAPHIC Sep 1983 (v.12#5) pg. 39

Choosing and outfitting the enlarger. Part 1. Focused light sources.
PHOTOGRAPHIC May 1999 (v.28#1) pg. 88

Choosing and outfitting the enlarger. Part 2. Diffusion light sources and enlarger size.
PHOTOGRAPHIC Jun 1999 (v.28#2) pg. 20

Choosing and outfitting the enlarger. Part 3. Lens, timer, easel, and focusing aid.
PHOTOGRAPHIC Jul 1999 (v.28#3) pg. 62

Wall-mounted enlarger accessory cabinet. Holds negative carriers, lens boards, filters and other items.
PHOTOMETHODS Sep 1978 (v.21#9) pg. 26

Four steps to improving the sharpness of your enlarger. Tips on cleaning and lubricating the enlarger and enlarger frame. Cleaning the lenses and condensers, and aligning the enlarger.
PHOTOMETHODS Jan 1979 (v.22#1) pg. 26

Three-level enlarger stand allows you to make regular size or giant enlargements.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1968 (v.129#3) pg. 128

Mobile enlarging stand and folding worktable can be rolled into the bathroom to form a photo darkroom. Another swing-up work surface converts the bathtub area to a large work area.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1968 (v.130#1) pg. 110

Tip: Raise the base of your enlarger off the darkroom table by means of feet. This will provide storage space for easels and paper.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1982 (v.157#6) pg. 54

Tips on using a 90 degree mirror to take pictures "around corners" or on an enlarger to make mural-size prints.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Oct 1968 (v.63#4) pg. 145

Foot switch to control enlarger or other electrical device. Consists of a wooden pedal pressing on a pushbutton switch.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY May 1969 (v.64#5) pg. 26

Wall-mount your enlarger to regain some shelf space. Est. cost: $15.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Oct 1972 (v.71#4) pg. 56

Roll-around cabinet with enlarger on top and lots of storage below is the basis of a rollaway darkroom.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Oct 1973 (v.73#4) pg. 136

All of your tools (camera, enlarger, projector) contribute to the final print quality. Some considerations and tips.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Mar 1976 (v.78#3) pg. 44

What to look for when shopping for a color enlarger.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Feb 1977 (v.80#2) pg. 32

A low-cost enlarger you can build from a 4x5 view camera. Both the camera and enlarger conversion are available in kit form.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Mar 1980 (v.86#3) pg. 66

Product review of the Daylab 300 self-contained darkroom, enlarger and print processor to make Cibachrome prints from slides. Includes tips on operating the unit off of a 12-volt source (such as a car battery).
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Mar 1986 (v.93#3) pg. 12

Looking sharp in the dark. How to check your enlarger for alignment, vibration, lens and negative carrier problems.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Feb 1987 (v.94#2) pg. 52

Simple seismometer (consisting of a mirror in a bowl of water) is used for checking your enlarger for unwanted vibration.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Apr 1991 (v.98#4) pg. 27

Tips on adapting an Omega D5-XL enlarger to accommodate the negative carriers and attachments from an older Nord CPL II color enlarger.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER #2138 Jul 1990 (v.117) pg. 84

Vignetting rig for enlarger.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jan 1964 (v.35#1) pg. 89

Wall mounting an enlarger can facilitate making large prints and help reduce vibration.
SHUTTERBUG #353 Feb 2000 (v.29#4) pg. 116

Customizing your enlarger. Tips on outfitting a Beseler 4x5 enlarger to do everything you want.
SHUTTERBUG #361 Oct 2000 (v.29#12) pg. 72

Care and feeding of enlargers. Part 1. Light source, leveling, even illumination, and sharpness.
SHUTTERBUG #382 Jul 2002 (v.31#9) pg. 42

Care and feeding of enlargers. Part 2. Paper grades, finding development times, and personal film speed.
SHUTTERBUG #384 Sep 2002 (v.31#11) pg. 68