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Photographic Possibilities, 2nd Edition by John Valentino, Robert Hirsch

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7

Black-and-White Paper Developers

Learning to become a good printer requires curiosity about all aspects of making an expressive print. The more information you have about developers, the more control you can exercise over the image. As your knowledge and competence increase, so do the visual possibilities.

PAPER VERSUS FILM DEVELOPERS

All silver-based developers, whether they are for paper or film, are quite similar in their chemical composition (see Chapter 5). The major difference between paper and film developers is that paper developers are generally more alkaline, which increases their energy. If a film developer is used to process a print, the image will appear gray with no maximum black (the deepest black the paper is capable ...

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