Top things I learned:
- Keep notes on what you did to get the result you liked. Label and keep your test strips. I put them all in an envelope for each important print. Same goes for any burning/dodging templates I cut.
- Make things as repeatable as you can by keeping temperatures, timers, filters, papers, developers as similar as possible until you have repeatable results and know what you want to change
- Ignore the complaints about below-the-lens contrast filters and go ahead and use them. I think it might be more important on really big prints to use the above-the-lens filters, but the speed and ability to change filters easily makes the below-the-lens type well worth it.
Beyound Monochrome"Way Beyond Monochrome" will answer questions
Fixed that for you.
Some Kodak documents. They are dated, in that they reference many products that are no longer sold under the Kodak banner, but still contain useful information:
"Black-and-White Tips and Techniques for Darkroom Enthusiasts"
"Darkroom Design for Amateur Photographers"
"How to Process and Print Black-and-White Film"
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