I too seldom make contact sheets. But this depends on the format. If I shot 35mm or medium format I would have to make contact prints. But with 4x5 and up I can usually tell which negatives will be easy/difficult to print. I can tell which are underexposed and probably not worth the effort. Also, with large format I am unlikely to print 50 negative like snapshots. Each print will be time intensive so I start with test prints (rather than strips) if I print 11x14 or smaller. With larger prints, I used 8x10 test strips until I am ready for a pilot print.
Originally Posted by clayne
Why's Clayne resurrected a 2 year old thread ?
I haven't made a contact sheet off my own negatives in years, I can read a negative far better than a contact sheet, but I've stopped using 35mm for the moment.
It's really what you are used to, coming from a commercial background and printing a wide variety of other peoples negatives as well in the past means assessing a negative for contrast exposure and basic dodging & burning is straight forward, and it's even easier with my own negatives.
Sorry, wasn't intentional. I think it might have come up in a search and I had it in a background tab. Hey, conversations pick up right where we left off, eh? :-)
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
I'd personally go insane without contacts as it's uncommon for me to have the same situation in each frame.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.