HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB is a premium quality, black & white photo paper. This fixed grade, high contrast paper is perfect for pinhole photography as exposure and processing in conventional black & white photo chemistry will achieve a positive print without the need for a negative.
In addition, this versatile paper can be used to creative photograms or substituted for standard photo paper when printing from negatives in an enlarger. It can also be successfully used in other applications such as direct exposure in large format cameras.
- 4x5" size
- Positive paper – no need for a negative
- Coated on 255gsm fibre base
- Fixed grade, high contrast paper
- Glossy surface
- Slow ISO speed (around ISO 1-3)
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It was my first time shooting the positive paper and I have to admit it was quite straight forward despite the fact that it was also my first time with the 4x5 format in a pinhole camera. It is a very nice experience but, depending on the camera, you can have back not very nice results.
The paper is a very high contrast film, so be adviced that if you use a pinhole camera, you maybe want to use a short focal lenght camera to minimize the vignetting as well.
Pre-flashing the paper helps but it takes a bit of practice.
Also, beign a fibre based paper, it curls considerably. To minimise this you can let it dry on the wall (tiled wall) and/or you can iron it at the end, when is completely dry.
I think it is a very nice way of experimentation
This is the first time I've used Direct Positive paper so it took a few goes to understand how it worked. Fortunately I found information here and realised the paper goes white not black when over exposed.
Once I'd got the hang of it, it produced some lovely results. It's very contrasty and was perfect to test out my homemade camera.