My printing session this morning was spent re-printing a negative for third time, hoping to nail down a final print for good this time. The results were great, but during the process I realized how much of a nervous wreck I am when printing. "Is there any dust on the negative?" I have to make sure I get all the dust off the negative. Sometimes that's a huge pain. Then it's "ok lets get the image as sharply focussed as possible." Then "now did I stop the lens down?" Then it's "did I do all dodges and burns? And for the right amount of time?" Then it's "ok let's be careful handling this 11x14 paper in the trays, not to ding or dent it. Then's its assessment time. "Maybe I should do another print just a bit lighter or darker since the negative is already in the carrier and dustless." Printing is such a mentally stimulating process. It involves so much thought and patience. There's so many factors involved that it's really rather easy to mess something up along the way, adding to the stress. I know printing should be fun, but sometimes I really feel pressure. Once I see the final print and it is exactly what I wanted, then I'm happy and can sit back and enjoy it. I was just wondering if anyone else feels the nerves or stress when printing, especially a final print.