Sometimes, a "bad" picture is compositionally interesting and worth struggling with. Print them can be an opportunity to expand your printing skills. Also, printing difficult negs can make you more aware of focus and exposure of your shot. I've printed a lot of bad negs in my time and sometimes you'll be rewarded. But you have to know when to give up.
By this logic, I must be the best printer on earth!
..all my negatives are rubbish.
Use ULF film.
At the cost per sheet, you'll find that you strive just that bit harder to get as much right before you get near the printing stage!
i don't really think there is any such thing as a bad negative.
some of what other people have told me are the absolute worst
negatives have made the best photographs ...
its all hype to get people to buy more gear, and look for the magic bullet
John- I think the OP was talking about bad images, not bad negatives. At least that's how I regarded his post. No matter how much technical expertise you throw at a bad image, you'll still end up with a technically perfect lousy image...
yeah, i think you're right, thanks for the reality check eddie :)
I think this quote from the OP makes it clear we're talking about images that are artistically lacking, not negatives that are technically challenging.
Originally Posted by batwister