So now once I have my negative loaded in my
negative carrier, I’m going to put it in the enlarger. Notches go towards the back, towards
the wall. This particular enlarger has a bar on the left hand side that you open up and
close. Most enlargers have something very similar to this. My negative carrier is in,
they call this a Stage, okay? It’s in there. It’s nice. An enlarger is like, you know,
sometimes when I teach student and when I first started, I would look at this enlarger
and just be like what is this? How, this is intimidating. I like to think of it as almost
like a glorified copy machine and it sounds kind of funny but it makes sense. Where light
is coming through a light source, through my negative, through a lens and onto my paper.
And that kind of simplified it for me. So I know that my negative is in there. Again,
I’ve my number 3 filter in there. And to recap about the lens, I always want to keep my lens
set on about 8 or 11 of my F-stop. That’s actually the sharpest point of an enlarger
lens. Once that’s all set up, I’m ready to start registering my easel.