Printing a Panoramic Photograph
The first step in printing the panoramic photograph is to secure the negative to the printer with tape. This can be done under normal lighting. The technician then places wax paper between the light source and the negative, to diffuse the light during exposure.
All actual printing and developing is done under a safe-light. After placing the paper on top of the negative, the technician sets the timer that controls the printer. Closing the printer presses the paper against the negative and triggers a timed burst of light that exposes the picture.
The exposed paper is loaded into a processor that, after about one minute, automatically develops, fixes, and dries the finished print.
This first print serves as a proof print. The technician inspects it for areas that need special attention during the printing process. Using a grease pencil, the technician marks areas of the proof print for "dodging," which reduces the amount of light on specific areas of the print. Each type of mark indicates a different type of dodging that will occur later. Typically, individual faces need dodging.
The technician applies ordinary lipstick to the glass beneath the faces he marked on the proof print, to reduce the amount of light during exposure. Additional wax paper is also added to reduce the light in broad areas of the photograph.
The paper is then exposed and developed as before, to produce the final print.