This chapter concentrates on the basic controls possible in making prints from black and white films. It also looks at some chemical methods of altering your final result. Having a good negative is always an advantage, but it is the final print which people see. While it is difficult to make good prints from poor negatives it is all too easy to make poor prints from good ones if you lack the basic skills.

By practising your printing techniques you will be able to distinguish really good print quality from the adequate, and develop skills to control your results fully. Other requirements, such as speed and economy, will come with experience – ...

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