Well, I have been printing for close to a year now. And with some modicum of success, I am proud to report. I was leafing through the latest Photo Techniques magazine and came across an article by John Sexton: Contact Sheet - Seeing the Print Potential. I am reading and he talks about a starting point by examining the contact sheet and by looking at the negative on a light table to guage the contrast range in a negative. Now, for the totally newb question. How, exactly, the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks do I do that? What exactly am I looking for? I go off the contact prints presently and seem to be doing fine. I'm not looking for a miagic bullet here or anything. As I said, what I am doing seems to be working though my prints come out a bit flat and I need to work on them. What do you 'Master' (compared to me) printers do? What do you look for in your negs when you are planning a print session and how do you go about it? Just looking for ideas and I welcome any and all long winded answers. The more so the better.