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    How to make color prints less contrasty?

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    I'm fairly new with enlargers and stuff. And I find my prints too shiny, too rich in colors, they look like high quality digital photos to me, I like simpler colors more, I'm using fujicolor crystal archive papers. Is there a way to reduce the contrast, get an old newspaper look on my prints? Something similar to this Click image for larger version. 

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    Maybe use another paper, or another film (I'm using ektachrome e100g)?

    Thanks a lot.

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    You could use tissue or diffusion under your lens to create a muted look.

    could be full exposure or partial, you would need to play a bit.

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    how exactly are you printing slide film onto fuji crystal archive using an enlarger?
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    sorry, I meant to say Kodak gold 200

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    Either look for a softer contrast P (portrait) paper, or in the future switch to a softer film itself, like Portra 160. There are different types of Crystal Archive paper. It might take some experimentation to find the specific match you like best.

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    Would preflashing help? I don't know. Just throwing it out there.

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    Yes it would. You also could pre flash a colour in , which is what we use to do a lot with fashion work.
    Quote Originally Posted by bvy View Post
    Would preflashing help? I don't know. Just throwing it out there.

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    Didn't PE mention developer changes to affect contrast? I think it was at the expense of greatly reduced life of the developer though.

    I miss the variety of films we used to have. Agfa Portrait 160 was a good film for the kind of look the OP is after. But we have the Portras and Ektar and that's something, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hencz View Post
    sorry, I meant to say Kodak gold 200
    Use Portra. It's higher resolution and has a more "realistic" palette. This is film not digital. You are not shooting a RAW file that you can manipulate in Photoshop. I scanned for a long time before I started doing darkroom printing. I haven't done any color printing. But with my B&W negatives once I started printing I changed films, developers, personal exposure index, and developing time and agitation method. Obviously with C-41 unless you are feeling really adventurous a lot of that will not change but choice of film and personal EI may. Get things as right in the camera as possible and you will make your life a lot easier in the dark room.

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    I know I've seen some say they liked Gold but I always detested that stuff.
    It's consumer film made to get decent results with a wide range of exposure errors.

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