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    well, how i found my exposure. i did all test strip stuff'n'all, but as a beginner i had problems evaluating dry down and how picture will look in "regular" light. some pics that i loved after printing were too dark, some too light in "real life". but after some time i found out that when i place exposed paper in developer and picture starts to appear 17(+- sec) latter, i get result that i like next day. and it's constant, not depending of enlargement size.
    so i guess (actually i don't) it's just trial and error. find your way.

    //btw using only one developer (for now) -> Ilford Multigrade developer

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    When making test strips, you may care to place a bit of photographic paper on the darkest, lightest and midtone of your negative projection.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    Good Evening,

    Allen Friday gives good advice. Be absolutely, fanatically consistent in making contact sheets. Before long, just a glance at the contact-sheet image will probably get you close to a good print exposure. In addition, write printing data on the back of your contact sheets; using that information for subsequent printing will, again, be very helpful. Obviously, a test strip is a good follow-up.

    Konical

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHHAHH View Post
    Short update:

    I just did it! My first selfmade print last night! Was fun and i am feeling kind of addicted now. Yay!

    One thing puzzled me, and i think i am just not getting my head around the corner here: the test strip showed me, that a 4sec
    exposure time gave me rich blacks, nice highlights. I think it was f16.

    If i want to get a longer exposure time...let's say to do dodging and burning...i need to open the aperture more?
    Because at a camera you would close the aperture to get a longer exposure time. But with paper it works the opposite..
    Correct?!

    "Too dark? Expose less. Too light? Expose more"
    Same as with your camera:
    4 sec @ f16
    8 sec @ f22
    16 sec @ f32

    f32 is kinda small, so you might look into changing the bulb in your enlarger to a smaller wattage bulb. That is what I had to do with my enlarger. It came with a 150w bulb, but the exposures were too short, so I went down to a 75w bulb. I only stopped at 75w because they don't have a smaller wattage bulb.

    PS, I like using the projection print scale (PPS) better than a test strip. Because I can put the PPS just where I want it, the test strip covers a much large area of the image. But as was mentioned, that just gets you close. Once you make a print and evaluate it, then you have to "fine tune" the exposure to what you want it to look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHHAHH View Post
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    I just did it! My first selfmade print last night! Was fun and i am feeling kind of addicted now. Yay!
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    That's wonderful! Great advice here but also have fun!!

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