I created the Split Grade Darkroom Printing Step-by-Step Guide to help darkroom photographers of every skill level create winning darkroom prints that have a full range of tonal values from detailed highlights to rich blacks with every tone in between.
The term split grade printing simply means that darkroom printers use two exposures with two different variable contrast filters versus a single exposure with one variable contrast filter.
Based on over 35 years of darkroom printing experience, I believe the split grade method is the simplest and most efficient way to make winning darkroom prints from a wide range of negatives using variable contrast papers. I share my personal workflow with you to include my metering technique, developer choice, and even my development process for my film of choice.
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- Step-by-Step Process
- Efficient Method For Printing A Wide Range of Negative Types
- Two Different Approaches Provided in the Book
- Quickly and Consistently Produce High Quality Darkroom Prints
- I Share My Negative Creation and Film Development Process
- Visual Adjustment Guides (If this then that type of approach)
- Advanced Techniques for Dodging & Burning and Flashing
- Bonus Section on Flashing
What Are Photographers Saying About the Book?
“Hi Tim, I just read your new Split Grade Printing eBook. It’s fantastic! As a professional photographer specializing in producing gallery prints from my large format film, I’m extremely picky about every print I sign and number. As I am moving into producing more black and white traditional contact prints, I have a lot to learn in order to fine tune my prints and make them something special. The Split Grade Printing ebook is simple, straight forward and easy to use immediately. I look forward to taking my printing to the next level right away. I highly recommend this eBook to photographers at any level." -Jon Paul, Lake Tahoe, CA.
SPLIT GRADE DARKROOM PRINTING STEP-BY-STEP OVERVIEW
I have taught and mentored hundreds of darkroom photographers how to develop film and make darkroom prints using a variety of methods. Based on results, I have found that darkroom printers are able to make high quality full tonal range prints using the split grade method in their first printing session. With experience and exposure to advanced techniques like dodging and burning using different contrast filters, flashing methods, and toning, your darkroom prints are taken to a new level.
Split grade printing, either enlargement or contact, is a highly-effective way to control contrast, especially in the important shadow and highlight details. Shadow details and highlights are the magic sauce that makes your darkroom prints come to life and sets them apart from a digital print in my opinion.
I share my exact process that I use to make my darkroom prints, both enlargements, and large format contact prints with you in this eBook.
It is always good practice to control contrast in your negatives, but those times when you got the exposure or development wrong, split grade printing can help you make a good quality print that was previously all but impossible and left you frustrated.
BOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS
- WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
- BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
- MATERIALS OVERVIEW
- MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES
- METERING TIPS
- DEVELOPER & FILM
- THE BASIC SPLIT GRADE PRINT
- TWO METHODS FOR SPLIT GRADE PRINTING
- METHOD 1 - SPLIT GRADE PRINTING
- METHOD 2 - SPLIT GRADE PRINTING
- PRINT EVALUATION & ADJUSTMENTS
- DODGING & BURNING TIPS - PART 1
- DODGING & BURNING TIPS - PART 2
- BONUS - EXPLORING POST FLASHING
- SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
If your prints are lacking that special wow factor or if you are an experienced darkroom printer and you want to pick up some insights from a peer, then this eBook is an effective use of your time.
I am excited to see your darkroom prints, so be sure to share them in the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group with thousands of other darkroom photographers from around the world.