All great tips! Keep them coming..
Keep it as simple as you can, a headache you will get if there are to many dodge/burn/masking steps.
Keep the area and hands clean, dust and chemicals, leads to stains and spotting.
Learn to adjust use a good grain finder, then use it for everything.
If you have a print that you are very happy with, do some extras. Then you can use those extras as references in your darkroom.
If you want, you can even use them wet, to help you compare your current work with the references.
Don't print when you are too tired.
Make your print simple, don't over complicate the printing process, and don't print the negative when it is fresh in your mind, leave the negative in the file for a while till you forget the emotion you felt when you took the photograph, that way you come to the print with a fresh mind, I have printed a negative within days of taking it, then come back to it many months afterwards and produced a completely different print, and a much better print.
1) A critical eye and a perfectionist nature are a huge advantage for good printing
3) Visits to museums/exhibitions to see real prints
4) A good negative to start with (in terms of both technical quality and content)
1 You can't make fine prints from bad negatives, so choose one or two films (100 &400) and a developer and learn how to get consistently good negatives.
2 Choose a good paper and developer and again learn how to get the best from them.
3 Show & discuss your work with others who's own work you respect and get feedback, don't work in a total vacuum.
1. Visit galleries and see a wider range of superb prints and see what is really going on. Pay particular attention to how bright the light tones are and how they relate to the shadows (and blacks) in particular. Look at the overall contrast range and how this is impacted by the lightest and darkest area. If you are inexperienced, you might find this quite a surprise.
2. Spend as much money on paper and film as you do new gear
3. Spend more time in the darkroom than you do on the internet.
P.S. I am failing miserably on #3 right now, but will reverse the situation in a month!
1. make a fine negative
2. make a fine negative
3. make a fine negative
It just makes the job of printing to your expectations so damn much easier.