Hey folks! I hope to get some quick advice.
I have a lot of pictures, all low key shots, where i either underexposed or underdeveloped, either way, i have a film with a crystal clear background, and the highs/mids aren't dense enough, so what i get is either good high/mids and a background that is not near black enough, or way too dark high/mids and a good black background.
I tried with ilford mg filters 1, 4 and 5, and ilfospeed filter 7, and i get only slightly closer to what i want.
Is there a way to make it work? What about toning the negs, will they get denser?
Have a search for threads on negative intensification. It sounds as if this might be the only way to help solve your problem
The easiest way to increase the density is to use selenium toner. Most intensifiers are not archival but selenium is.
Another way is to bleach and redevelop with a staining developer several times to build density and contrast. A thread search should find you sufficient details to make a decision on it.
If you're not dogmatic about APUG, scanning can do wonderful things with thin negatives.
So your background is SUPPOSED TO BE totally black? (clear on neg)?? Are you saying there isn't enough separation between your subject and the background?
Sounds more like you need to print the mid-high correctly and burn in the background....
Thanks for the replies!
The background IS totally clear on neg, the mid/highs are too clear though (not dense enough)
jp498: Sure, but how will i get that back to my ilford paper?
I have some TT blue toner and TT sulphide toner, will these do? I'm not worried about prolonged archival ability.
It sounds like your film is under-exposed, and possibly also underdeveloped. Under-exposure is the most likely. It is not uncommon for people with cameras to attempt to make a low key image of a normal subject by reducing exposure, it rarely works.
Originally Posted by nicholai
Selenium toning is not the only way to increase contrast in a negative. Sepia toning will increase highlight density 2-3 times as much.