Alright! I'm starting my own adventure in darkroom printing. (To be precise, I'll start next week with the beginning of a course) As far as I have noticed from other people, there is no worse way to learn making good prints than trying everything on the market, histherically. So I don't really want to spend too much time in testing and selecting all the films avaible, developed in every possible way. I'd like to start with 1-2 films and 1-2 developers (and possibly 1-2 papers). I've already decided to do a "poll" between everyone who's into film photography and prints his own photos to know which could be the film-developer combination that comes close to my taste. Generally speaking, my first priority would be a wide tonal range. The widest possible from a bw film. I don't care much for definition, contrast or grain - although sharpness is important. Mainly, I like smooth tones that give a special three-dimensional feeling to pictures. With color, I tend to expose my pictures for highlights, since I don't like burnt highlights while I like low-light atmospheres. I'd want to do the same for bw and while keeping the highlights correctly exposed, I'd want good details in midtones and some details in the shadows. Which kind of film is suitable for this? Which developer? Please consider that I'd start with liquid developers (like HC110, Tmax, Rodinal); I don't want to mess since now with powders. Thank you!