While working on some negatives yesterday, started to wonder how long each of you spend working on a given negative? In other words, how long do you work with a negative, before you set is aside or just flat give up on it?
Jim68134 said:It all depends on the negative. Some negatives need nothing more than determining exposure and contrast grade. Sometimes I don't even need a test strip but know from the contact print or sheet what is correct....Finally there are certain negatives that can be printed or interpreted a variety of ways and I sometimes revisit them with a new approach or with input from a critique that encourages me to explore the negative further.
Francesco said:If printing a certain negative makes you sweat beads then for me that means that it should be binned - i.e. the info is not there or is too hidden to be coaxed out.
mobtown_4x5 said:I've been kinda wondering about this too, most of my negatives used to require hours of darkroom struggles and sheets and sheets of paper to print decent... but my most recent negs (and the one that I submitted to the exchange) printed beautifully with no dodges/burns. I tried a few things, but the "straight" print was the best - sweet and easy!
So, does this mean my technique is improving, or just a coincidence? Should I discard the negs that won't print like this, as inferior exposures?
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