“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Thanks everyone for your help. I am using some film that was developed clear and a red safelight and I don't really mind wasting some paper at this stage of my slow learning curve. I'll try the microwave / hairdryer drying technique to speed things up!
I wouldn't try it with RC paper. The microwave trick generally refers to testing for dry-down with FB papers.
However, if the entire print goes uniformly black you have other problems. I'll assume you really mean dry-down as paper printing out doesn't usually go black. If so, then yes you need to provide some amount of under-exposure to account for dry-down as others have pointed out.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
I use a lot of that paper as sold by Freestyle under the Arista.EDU Ultra label. Compared to some other RC papers, this one exhibits a little more dry down effect than some others I've used, but I also think you have other things going on here that are not right. The dry down effect is somewhere between 5% and 10%, but I've calibrated everything to a dry print - not a wet one so I don't have an exact figure.
BTW, a hairdryer is the most convenient way to dry down a test RC print. The microwave works better for fiber based papers.
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