While we highly encourage you to follow the instructions we have outlined for our products we DO encourage experimentation. We at Sprint Systems of Photography understand the creative process and that artists know no boundaries. If you choose to experiment with our products please tell us. We would love to know what you did, how you did it, and we would love to see the end result so we can share that with the world. Who knows, maybe it will end up on our Facebook page.
How do I need to store my chemicals?
Chemical storage is important because you always want to protect your chemical investment. It is best to store your chemicals in a controlled environment, such as room temperature or cooler. If the room temperature fluctuates consistently you will run the risk of prematurely exhausting your chemicals; this is especially true for opened containers. It is also recommended to store your “working-solution” chemistry in airtight containers, like accordion bottles, to prevent early exhaustion.
For safety reasons it is NOT recommended to store all of your chemicals is non-household or recycled containers like old milk or water jugs. We recommend you purchase brown chemical storage containers that you can label appropriately. The reason we recommend these bottles is that these bottles lack transparency, prevents light from heating or exhausting your chemical, they are specifically intended for chemical storage, and there less of a chance of an individual mistaking the photo chemistry for something like lemonade or juice. Please take every precaution to protect yourself and others.
It is recommended that you store your chemicals below waist level to prevent spills or splashing of chemicals in the eye.
There is streaking on my negatives that looks like it is coming from my sprockets, what happened?
This is a common occurrence when you over agitate your film. We all get excited about new negatives but try not to be get so excited to you over process your film.
My prints are flaking at the edge. What is happening?
We get questions periodically that concern the flaking of emulsion on prints. This can be caused by excessive heat from the archival wash or it is an issue with the batch of paper you purchased. The flaking issue can be tested by replicating your specific darkroom procedure by processing two different brands of paper and placing them side-by-side. If it happens to one and not the other then you have an emulsion issue with that brand of paper. If both brands of paper flake then please contact us immediately so we can assist you with your issue.
There are stains on my prints.
Stains generally happen from the mishandling of prints. This can come from dirty trays, tongs, print washers, or contaminated drying racks. Make sure you do not cross contaminate your tongs or trays–so please properly drain your prints between chemicals. This could cause staining or the premature exhaustion of your chemicals as well. This is a common occurrence for beginners that are learning the process.
We are glad to announce that Sprint Products are now available for shipment to Canada. All orders to Canada will be shipped by UPS ground service from our location in Scituate, RI.
We are unable to ship to any other destinations outside of the U.S. or Canada at this time.
When turning the spigot to the off position, do not move it beyond 180 degrees or parallel with the edge of the cube. Pushing the handle beyond this point (so that the edge of the handle touches the cube) may actually open its internal valve slightly, thus causing a small drip. The spigots are quite durable, and they can be used many times over. They can be washed with warm water to remove residue as needed.
A number of darkroom technicians have told us that they suspend plastic cups with string, like a bucket and handle, beneath the nozzle of the spigot to catch drips when needed.