Test Strips: Technical Information
A “Kodak Wheel” type of test strip

When printing in the darkroom, a photographer cuts printing paper into strips called test strips and uses these strips to calculate the desired exposure and contrast for a given image. Through trial and error, the photographer decides what the final image should look like, and only then makes a print using an entire sheet of paper.

This process is vital to getting the best print possible while wasting the least paper.

This page and its subpages will contain some of my “test strips” — not necessarily darkroom printing tests, though those may pop up on occasion, but rather projects I’ve been working on, upcoming products, inventions, and some rather bizarre realizations and outcomes I have encountered along the way.