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    I would suggest that you go to as many photographic exhibitions as you can and see great prints. I also with concur with Ralph that practice makes perfect. Enjoy your journey of becoming a great printer.

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    practice is good advice,
    but practice looking at your negative
    and translating what you see in it into
    something that can be printed.
    part of what makes photographic printing so hard
    is creating something from the film.
    kind of like oragami or making string figures i guess ...
    unless you can manipulate the paper or the string,
    you just have paper and string.
    ask me how ..

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    http://www.davidkachel.com/historical/fpsecret.htm

    It helped me become a better printer.. Maybe just a bit, but that is me ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerie View Post
    Have you read Les McLeans "Creative B/W Photography"? It helped me a lot, as did taking his workshop. His greatest bit of advice was "Bin it" (meaning make lots of prints and throw away most of them!).
    I'll second what Valerie has said. I attended the same workshop that she did with Les McLean and he told me on the way in that my printing skills were good. On the way out and after returning to my darkroom and practicing my prints got even better.
    ~Bill
    "Real Art is a Thin Breath Exhaled Amidst a Struggle in the Mind"
    Fine Art and Portraits

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    My take, and it won't cost you a thing:

    Making A Proof
    Making A Fine Art Print

    - part of Techniques.

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    Like most posts here, do a lot printing to you get it right and learn from your mistakes.

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    The best book i have found for printing is Creative Elements by Eddie Epharams, read it and then spend time in the darkroom printing, you will make mistakes, but every mistake teaches you something, and believe in the old saying practice makes perfect, Richard

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    It may have just been a personal thing, but one other way I improved greatly was printing other people's negatives.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis View Post
    It may have just been a personal thing, but one other way I improved greatly was printing other people's negatives.
    I totally agree. It really helps to be able to approach a negative without any pre-conceived ideas.

    I'm not sure though how much of this is due to the fact that it is more fun to blame someone else for the exposure and developing .

    Oh and by the way, here is a shot of my recycling bag, showing discards from yesterday's printing (I print on RC paper, and my local recycler accepts it with the plastics):
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    Matt

    “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

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    I appreaciate all of the responses very much! I'll keep reading through. I have lots ahead but I think I am figuring on how to get my feet wet the next time I print! Long live the darkroom!!
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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