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Carrier System and Masking Kit Testimonials

"Beautifully designed, elegantly simple, gorgeous in its precision and repeatability--Radeka's combination registration printer and negative carrier will greatly simplify the masking process. It will delight persons dedicated to the epitome of photographic art." - Dennis McNutt - photographer, author, teacher

"Have received your package and just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done! Over the years I have purchased self published content, videos, and so forth from various photographers. Yours is the most thoughtfully produced and packaged that I have seen. Have only had time to "skim" through the material this weekend but am looking forward to buckling down to serious study in the coming weeks." - Victor Mitchell - photographer

"Every now 'n then there is an incident in life that seems to change ones direction for the betterment. Ansel Adams: 'The Negative' book was one incident, contact with you and your process has evolved as another. You have given me a lot to work on, with new meaning. Your manual reads of logical applications and presents methods for the results that I could mever before have achieved. It's exciting stuff." - Tony Gardiner - photographer

"Lynn, your registration carrier system is the one thing I can't live without in the darkroom. I could go back to graded paper. I could go back to a cold light head. I could go back to a condenser enlarger, but I would never be without one of your registration carriers! I have two (one with regular glass and one with anti newton ring glass) and am going to get another in case something happens to one." - Anthony Beckesh - photographer

"Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how THRILLED I am with your Precision - and I emphasize PRECISION - Pin Registration System with Anti-Newton Glass. ELEGANT is the word that comes to mind to describe the build quality and design. The plethora of information available in the Masking Kit which came with it really teases the imagination. In fact, after 1 day with your system I realized that imagination is the only limitation. With your system I am able to control any and all aspects of my negative down to the smallest detail. It's exciting to know you can have this much control. I smile just thinking of all the possibilites! Thanks for designing and sharing such a wonderful tool!" - Robert Sandstrom - photographer

"The registration system works perfectly. I love the idea that the original negative doesn't have to be perforated. The masks were very easy to do and printing was very simple. The results were wonderful! I'm very happy with the possibilities that your system opens for my photographic expression and how simple it is to work with." - Alberto Rodriguez - photographer

"I entered my darkroom 6 am last Sunday, and crawled out at 6 pm. I was using your masking 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

"This carrier has entirely eliminated registration problems for me, which I occasionally experienced even with my expensive Condit system. It is beautifully constructed and easy to use, and Lynn's tech support is generous and timely. Highly recommended." - Bruce Pottorff - photographer

"I purchased your precision holder/carrier system and am using it successfully with my Saunders LPL. It gives me rock solid perfect alignment (registration) every time!" - Scott Walton - photographer

"The engineering and the workmanship of this product is superb. This device will completely solve many of the darkroom challenges that each of us have endured for years. The price is a bargain when one realizes how much photographic paper one will save over a years time. Even more important is the great improvement in quality that anyone can see in the vastly improved prints. I give it my highest recommendation." - Jerry Cunningham - photographer, author

"I have to say that I am impressed by the precision and craftsmanship of the unit. By the way, it will also serve me as a glass carrier for my Zone VI enlarger (for regular printing without masks), since Calumet unfortunately never offered a glass carrier for it." - Arne Croll - photographer

"...your negative carrier will solve one of my other problems also. I have an LPL/Saunders enalrger, but the Saunders 4x5 negative carrier for my 4x5 negatives slightly crops into the negatives. With yours I can see the entire 4x5 neg." - Chip McDaniel - photographer

"I found your system to be easy to use and very effective; I'm getting good results straight away. There appear to be plenty of good photographers out there but the number of good photographers that are good printers is very much smaller. Having the tools made possible by your system enables us to rethink our prints. The result is that good prints can be made to be excellent prints." - Terrance Hounsell - photographer

"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

"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

"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

"This is the best investment that anyone can make if they want to make quality photographs. The booklet alone is worth the price. Lynn Radeka has done a great service to the photographic community". Jerry Cunningham - photographer, Kalispell, MT

"I entered my darkroom 6 am last Sunday, and crawled out at 6 pm. I was using your masking 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 and teacher, AZ

"Mr. Radeka has written "The Guide" to photo masking. Wow! The manual alone was worth the money......" Robert Lorimor - photographer, Bangkok, Thailand

"I have seen a number of Mr. Radeka's prints first hand and they are excellent examples of how he uses the techniques in this kit to attain the dynamism and clarity in his art. The kit is, very plainly stated, overflowing with so much information it's nearly overwhelming. I especially like the examples of his own work showing how he got to the final outcome. His detail oriented explanations make what he does seem easy." David Franco - photographer/artist, Orange, CA

"Photography is about mastering the use of light, achieving maximum control of exposure, and using the right tools to finely craft one's vision in the final print. As a serious printer of the silver gelatin process, I realized my need to utilize a higher level of technique(s) and elevate my skills in order to advance my photographic vision. The Radeka Contrast Masking Kit is far more than a few tricks, but rather a comprehensive approach to working with the masterful control of light. There comes a time in one's vision to advance their skills, becoming unwavering and absolutely dedicated to mastering the medium. This kit or "system" will take you as far as you want to go, and is worth every cent of investment. There are no shortcuts to achieving a fine print. Having the right tools is what the Radeka system is all about in my way of thinking." Mark Booth, WA



Workshop Testimonials

"The contrast masking workshop was worth every penny. I now have a new defentition of what a fine art print is supposed to look like and a new methodology to acheive it. Lynn is the expert! He is a great teacher that made sure we completely understood the process." Jerry Sheridan, AZ

"I had the privilege of attending the Death Valley 2103 Workshop with Lynn and many others. Some shot digital, medium format and large format. As mostly a large format shooter I did not feel pressured to hurry and in fact it was just the opposite. That is the magic of taking a workshop with Lynn. He knows so much about shooting all formats he intuitively knows your individual needs and makes sure they are accommodated. I have attended several photography workshops and none can compare to the friendly yet hard working experience Lynn provides. He is planning another Workshop in 2014 and I have already cleared my calendar in October." Jerry Sheridan, AZ

I shot 28 sheets of 8x10 film, an unprecedented number for me at any time or outing. We had a fantastic time and will cherish our experience forever. Your knowledge of Death Valley and photography greatly enriched our experience.The workshop forum will be a great way to keep in touch and share some images. We also really enjoyed the banter around the campfire and made friends for life at this workshop. You are a great inspiration to me to continue to refine my craft and look forward to working with you in the future." Jerry Sheridan, AZ

"The 2013 Death Valley workshop was invaluable to me. I had thought I was fairly good at making the aesthetic and technical exposure decisions necessary to make a decent landscape photograph. However spending several days in a row with Lynn exploring all kinds of interesting locations, I learned there are finer points to be learned…and they’re significant. Lynn’s style is not to lecture but to let you explore the great places he takes you and then give you as much or as little guidance as you’d like. Then end the day with some good food around a campfire and you have a really enjoyable experience with one of the best and most humble landscape photographers I know of. I will go again if I get the chance!" Mark Larsen, NY

"I wanted to reiterate to you all that I had a wonderful time on our workshop..... I’ve attended a lot of workshops over the years and I must say that this group clicked better than any before. Thanks to Lynn for hosting the workshop. And thanks to Jeff and Doug ... for your company and hard work. I had a fantastic time with you and the rest of the gang. The photography experience was also exceptional. I’m looking forward to working on some images this weekend. I’ll also upload some to the Death Valley workshop website. And I look forward to seeing everyone else’s images posted. Again, thanks for a great week in Death Valley." Ron Gaut, Orange, CA

"Lynn; Thanks so much for your hospitality and the terrific workshop. I also appreciate the time that you and Steve took to critique my prints. This critique along with the "hands-on" training in the darkroom has certainly expanded my view of what can be achieved with the "fine-art" print. I am now looking forward to getting back to the darkroom and applying the many masking techniques that you taught me----especially on some of my many "problem" prints. Finally, please pass on my thanks to Steve for his contributions to the success of this workshop. In summary I really enjoyed working with both of you and will be looking for future opportunities to work with you both again." Jim Glaze

"I am looking forwatd to working with the new tools I learned about at your workshop. I think I learned more new appplicable things in that weekend than in many years." Eric Wiswell, NM

"I want to thank you for an incredible weekend. Your workshop has significantly changed my expectations for my B&W darkroom work, and I am certain, the direction of my photography in general. The specific control your techniques lend to the wet darkroom have been a huge revelation for me. What first sounded like a complex, time consuming process, has turned out be a very intuitive and enjoyable way of optimizing the vision of a print. I will recommend this workshop to anyone interested in creating fine B&W prints." Steve Hicks, AZ

"Complete, Concise and Enlightening. Lynn's masking workshop opened up a whole new world of printing. I left silver printing for platinum because I could not get the rich tonal qualities from standard silver printing paper. I needed six hands just to dodge and burn a single print. Repeatability? Forget it! But now, because of Lynn's masking kits and techniques, I'm able to print beautiful silver prints, full of the subtle tonalities and expression usually only found in the finest platinum prints. Printing from Zone 2 to Zone 15 on the same negative is no problem. If the information is on the negative, you can print it with very little dodging or burning! All, with accurate repeatbility. Now, my customers get the same print as in the catalogue or on the wall. Every aspect of the print remains the same, unless you decide to change it! From rich, full highlights to deep, moody shadows - precision printing from your traditional darkroom!" David Milton, CA

"Your love for photography is pure and true and completely evident even after all these years of doing. It was great seeing someone with the mastery you've achieved get that child-like excitement upon seeing a print evolve. That's what it's all about. Passion! We're lucky and blessed to have it. The workshop was just what I thought it would be. A pure time saver. I think anyone serious about masking is missing the boat by not taking it." Robert "Bobby" Sandstrom

"I would like to thank you again for taking the time needed to show all the types of masks needed for my oak tree photo! I had given up on that image years ago and now I am looking forward to hanging it on the wall. By the way, my wife likes it now. You opened my eyes as to what is possible with the right tools. The information you gave us is priceless!" Tony Beckesh, AZ


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