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    What is Selective Masking and what it can do

    What is Selective Masking?
    What is Selective Masking – and what it can do for you!

    Over the years I’ve (Alan Ross) evolved a technique I have come to refer to as Selective Masking. I use the term “selective” because it is a physical, hands-on method of tonal control in analog printing, rather that the photometric “unsharp masking”. In its basic form, it’s not techno-anything; it simply is a means of solidifying your own dodging and burning preferences into a “package” which remains absolutely constant from print to print. You can change your mind about how you want that package to perform; you can dodge and burn in greater detail than with traditional methods and with absolute consistency from print to print. It works with either a diffusion enlarger or in contact printing. It does NOT work with condenser enlargers.

    Carried to the ’nth degree, Selective Masking can transform the job of printing a challenging negative from one of agonizing difficulty to the mere push of a button: a “straight” print from the untouched, unmodified original negative. Any size print. Local contrast changes can be made, and that oh-so-smooth gradual sky burn can be built into the mask package. It’s a technique I’d been sharing with friends and students for several years, and in 1999 I put the techniques on paper in the form of several articles published in ViewCamera Magazine. This 2010 series includes some updates to the original text and illustrations in Part I; Parts II and III have been completely rewritten.

    For the CD and other materials see my Darkroom and Education Products page.

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    So are you going to tell us what selective masking is or is this just advertising?

    Let me guess - do it all in Photoshop and then print a digital neg for masking. If so, hardly analog.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

    http://www.flickr.com/kediwah

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    Wasn't this post deleted once already for SPAM?
    www.gregorytdavis.com

    Did millions of people suddenly disappear? This may have an answer.

    "No one knows that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." -Matthew 24:36

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    Seems like blatant self promotion.
    Richard

    Why are there no speaker jacks on a stereo camera?

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    Good, it's not "techno-anything" because I can't understand anything techno! Except of course techno music, which I love with a passion..... PSCYH!

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