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"I entered my darkroom 6 am last Sunday, and crawled out at 6 pm. I was using your contrast masking kit and carrier system, and I'm happy to say that I am hooked. I feel as if a portal has just opened up for me!" Roy Pope - photographer, AZ
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New version Includes Inkjet Dodge/Burn Masking,
Custom Masks and Spotting Masks

By utilizing one form of masking or another, the photographer can have far greater control, from subtle to extreme, on his print quality than paper grade or developer changes alone can allow. In most cases the results from contrast masking cannot be duplicated, or even approached, by standard photographic techniques such as altering development, split filtration printing or utilizing different paper grade/developer combinations. Masking adds the further benefit of local contrast control (altering contrast within specific areas of the image) and when used in conjunction with variable contrast papers the methods for obtaining stunning print quality are practically limitless! All of this is accomplished without subjecting the original negative to any potentially damaging situations such as chemical reduction or intensification. In all of the masking procedures discussed in the kit, the original negative is never damaged or punched in any way.


Contrast Masking Kit
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Comments from buyers of the Kit:

"Lynn's approach to masking is pragmatic, unique and economical. Using materials that are inexpensive and readily available he goes far beyond what you would learn at masking workshops. I highly endorse his Masking Kit." Stephen Francis - Photographer, Anaheim, CA

"I want to compliment you on the quality, clarity and completeness of your photo masking kit. I bought one a few months ago and it's helped me get over my considerable resistance to all the fuss and bother of masking. I'm a convert. With masking, it really is possible to get from "interesting, but not quite" to "right on!" Chris Miller - Photographer, Thornton, PA

"It is a great resource and the best I have seen due to its completeness. Not only do you provide the text description of various masks and their application but you also provide the registration pins and material to actually construct the registration contact printer/negative carrier that is required. I found the ink jet pictures to be outstanding examples of what to expect in terms of the progression of improvement with the application of the various masks. ....building upon the principles of the Zone System, your masking methods go way beyond the Zone System, unsharp masking or the application of bleach to selectively lighten highlights." Warren T. Dewhurst - Photographer, Germantown, MD

"Lynn Radeka's masking kit is sophistication through simplicity. Just by looking at his sample images, one must agree that nobody can argue with success. The handbook and the technical articles alone make this kit a real value for the money." Ralph W. Lambrecht - Photographer/author, Camera and Darkroom Magazine, UK.

"As a long time teacher, I deem Lynn's contrast masking manual a master-work of clarity and completeness. Masking can appear as daunting as it is promising to the newcomer but Lynn has obviously worked very hard to make his kit the asset and ally of every student. Adding the fact that he promptly responds to all emails with enthusiasm, patience and detailed answers, I think it safe to conclude that Lynn is a master teacher as well as a master photographer. That conclusion has led me to sign up for his masking workshop which I greatly look forward to!" Robert B. Taylor - Photographer, Ukiah, CA

"Your Contrast Masking Kit is certainly a distillation of much hard work - and well worth its price. I intend to use these techniques for contact printing.... Thanks again for a very readable manual." Richard Groomer - Photographer, Renton, WA

"I have found Fog Masks to work brilliantly in reducing the density of bright sky areas in prints of forested scenes, without changing the tones of the branches themselves, and with little edge effect. Sweet." Bruce Pottorff - Photographer, Ontario, CA

"Before putting your masking system into practice I perceived it as a rigid system in which there was little room for creativity within the techniques themselves because it was a rigid system that utilized a precise set of steps. However, once I had experience with the basic steps, that are very well laid out in your manual, I realized that these steps are just the foundation. The artistic element comes in when each individual printer modifies and combines the various techniques to suit their own vision." Terrance Hounsell - Photographer, Newfoundland

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Contrast Masking Kit, NEW UPDATED VERSION, contains:

Two Registration pins (1/4" round to fit standard paper hole punches).* Please note that the original negative is NEVER punched or marred in any way when using this system. These pins can be used to easily make your own pin-registration carrier system with the instructions included in the manual. The Precision Pin-Registration Carrier Systems are also available for photographers who want extreme accuracy, ease and efficiency in mask-making and printing.

One sheet of 5.5" x 5.5" diffusion material - the ideal textureless diffusion material for use in making masks, printing, and "on the scene" pre-exposure in the camera. It is far superior to other kinds of diffusion sheets. Because it is thin and flexible (a translucent film) it can be sandwiched in between masks and or negatives while maintaining perfect pin-registration (essential for some masks). New - waterproof material and more scratch resistant.

A book of complete instructions on various techniques, including mask making and use. It includes articles on the SCIM (shadow contrast increase mask), CRM (contrast reduction mask), and HLM (highlight mask) by Dr. Dennis McNutt and Mark Jilg, with complete instructions on making a pin-registration negative carrier for your enlarger. Also includes detailed information and instructions for making Unsharp Masks. Dodge Masks, Fog Masks and Special Contrast Increase Masks, Inkjet masks, Custom contrast reduction masks, balanced SCIM (balanced shadow contrast increase masks) and Spotting masks by Lynn Radeka are also discussed in detail, with step-by-step instructions, diagrams and illustrations for making and using each type of mask. Comparison illustrations give the reader a good example of how each mask affects the print.

Instructions and formulas on procedures that Lynn Radeka uses the most, including his highlight "brightener" bleach formula, Ansco 120 print developer, and SLIMT contraction development of the negative for high quality results.

Darkroom printing records for documenting printing manipulations, including dodging and burning with masks, etc. These record sheets may be Xeroxed or copied by the user.

Discount voucher worth $50 off the purchase price of any Radeka original print off of this internet site.

A CD with screensaver, slideshow and desktop images in clear resolution Black and White along with descriptions of which masks or other techniques were used. The CD also includes informative interactive masking examples and Inkjet Dodge Mask Photoshop actions (with reference color file) for automatically generating inkjet dodge masks optimized for shadow or highlight control - especially beneficial when using variable contrast printing papers!

* Note: These pins are not included if the Contrast Masking Kit is purchased as part of the "Complete" Precision pin-registration carrier system. The carrier system already includes pins attached to the glass carrier.

All masks detailed in this kit can be made using standard litho films and camera films, both of which are inexpensive and easy to obtain. The kit includes sources for obtaining the suggested films. All of the masks are easy to make and do not require a densitometer. These procedures can open an exciting new world of value and contrast control possibilities for the fine-art printer.

Digital meets traditional using inkjet contrast masks! Use your computer to produce highly detailed and accurate masks on your inkjet printer. Achieve various local contrast control effects using different ink colors on your mask, or use this mask to simulate a Highlight Mask or Contrast Reduction Mask in specific, localized areas of the image or overall. When following the detailed procedures in the kit, the effect is seamless. Instructions for pin-registering these masks are included as well. The use of this mask can be coupled with any of the other masks described in the kit, using either variable contrast or graded papers, for a limitless degree of contrast and value control.

Some of the more powerful masks explained in the kit require the use of a pin-registered negative carrier. The kit includes detailed instructions by Dr. Dennis McNutt and Mark Jilg (along with diagrams and a pair of registration pins) for making a simple registration carrier quickly and inexpensively, or you may want to consider the Precision Pin-Registration Carrier System , used by professionals and photographic enthusiasts throughout the world. The Precision Pin-Registration Carrier System provides the ultimate in accuracy and efficiency for making and using all of the masks detailed in the Contrast Masking Kit. No need to make your own registration carrier!

If ordering by check or money order, you may print out and fill in our order form. Please make all checks payable to Lynn Radeka. If paying by check or money order, please inquire first by using the e-mail links on this site.


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Contrast Masking Kit - NEW VERSION - orders - $94.95 plus shipping
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* Shipping cost $10 within USA, $30 outside USA. All payments must be made in US funds
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Precision Pin-Registration Carrier Systems- 4x5 and 8x10 orders
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Glass carrier type: Clear Glass Version Anti-Newton Ring Glass Version
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Note: If you prefer clear glass for the bottom glass and Anti-Newton glass for the top glass, simply order the Anti-Newton version and add a comment to request clear bottom glass during the ordering process. All 8x10 systems come only with an ANR glass carrier. When ordering an 8x10 system please specify enlarger type during the checkout process.Also see Special Edition Print Offer
Note: All 8x10 systems come with a full Anti-Newton Ring carrier. Clear Glass carriers not available for 8x10 regardless of which glass type is checked above. All 8x10 systems: Please specify enlarger type during the checkout process.

- Contrast Masking Kit and Carrier Systems price list -
Contrast Masking Kit - NEW VERSION - (for any enlarger size or contact printer) $94.95
4x5 and 8x10 Precision Carrier Systems
Enlarger size
Complete Carrier System - Includes Precision pin-registration carrier, holder/frame, two-hole punch, solid foam base and Contrast Masking Kit*
Standard Carrier System - Includes Precision pin-registration carrier, holder/frame, two-hole punch and solid foam base (does not include Contrast Masking Kit)
Precision Pin-registration glass carrier only **
Precision Holder/Frame only **

Please add appropriate shipping cost:
Carrier systems - 4x5 - $20 within USA, $60 outside USA,
8x10 - $40 within USA, $85 outside USA
Contrast Masking Kits - $10 within USA, $30 outside USA
All 8x10 carrier systems: Please specify enlarger type during the checkout process.

NEW! For a limited time only, SPECIAL EDITION MASKED PRINT !

* The extra set of registration pins that normally come with the Contrast Masking Kit are not included in the Contrast Masking Kit that is bundled with the Complete system, since registration pins are already attached to the glass carrier. All other Contrast Masking Kit items are identical to purchasing the Contrast Masking Kit separately.

** Glass carriers and holders are offered separately here only for use as replacement parts. Please note that each "holder/frame" unit can have only one carrier calibrated to it at a time. You cannot switch freely from carrier to carrier without re-calibrating the holder/frame matching that specific carrier.

All photographs on this site are copyright © Lynn Radeka. All rights reserved.
Precision Pin-Registration Carrier System copyright © 2002 Lynn Radeka. Patent pending.
Contrast Masking Kit copyright © 2000 Lynn Radeka.