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View Poll Results: What do you do, when in doubt?

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  • over expose over develop ?

    3 5.26%
  • under expose over develop?

    0 0%
  • under expose under develop?

    0 0%
  • over expose under develop?

    13 22.81%
  • over develop?

    5 8.77%
  • under develop?

    0 0%
  • over expose?

    21 36.84%
  • under expose?

    2 3.51%
  • flash my film?

    0 0%
  • nothing / i'm zone'd out ...

    13 22.81%
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Thread: when in doubt

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    The aim is to be accurate with film exposure and development, knowing that there is some exposure latitude to compensate for error and variation. You can get away with underdevelopment far more easily than with overdevelopment, and you can get away with extreme overexposure better than with slight underexposure. Print quality actually improves with modest film overexposure but is very sensitive to underexposure.
    Overdeveloped negatives will not print easily, but minute underdevelopment is easily corrected with a harder grade of paper. Film exposure latitude is what you can get away with, but when in doubt, overexpose and underdevelop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    This poll must have the most choices possible of any so far on APUG but the option I need is absent

    Guestimate, just few times I've been caught with a flat battery or forgotten the meter etc on a shoot & had to rely on instinct, as a teenager one of my Uncles would challenge me to guess the exposure and we'd be quite close most of the time.

    The other important option that's missing is bracket when in doubt.

    But better no meter & be in doubt than first forgetting a camera, and then leaving the film behind as well, I've been there when that's happened, and I was the subject (not the photographer) being photographed in the landscape No names he's an APUG member

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    When I am uncertain I take another exposure.
    It is better to waste film than images.

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    I dunno, all those years shooting a C-3 without a light meter, I dont trust any meter fully, I just shoot what I think is right, and develope accordingly. I get it right 95% of the time. Sunny 11 and the rest be danged!

    Rick

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    i overexpose and pull slightly , it helps to keep strong black borders in my contact prints

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    I am never in doubt when I have a light meter.

    If not, and I am really in doubt, I will guess, and if using transparency film, and the photo will allow it, I will bracket.

    I don't bracket often with negative film. I will generally guess, with a lean to the side of over exposure.

    The contrast of the light I shot in, not how I exposed the pix, usually determines what I do with development.
    2F/2F

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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Print quality actually improves...
    Actually, what you describe as "print quality" might not match the definition of another person for a particular print. A quality print to me is one that looks like I want it to look. This may or may not look like the formula that people often state to describe a "quality print". Sometimes overexposing the film will help to achieve this. Sometimes normally exposing the film will do so. Sometimes underexposing the film will do so.

    Without first defining your criteria for "print quality" (not the criteria for it), what you have said is nothing but a statement of opinion as a general fact. I know what you meant by your statement. However, instead of "improves", why not just objectively describe what it is exactly that overexposure does to a negative and to a print, and let us decide on a case-by-case basis if this will "improve" our print?
    2F/2F

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    overexpose and overdevelop...always rather have something than nothing. (by the way I'm nearly always in doubt...keeps me on my toes?) :-))

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    ...A quality print to me is one that looks like I want it to look...
    You said it very well yourself!
    Last edited by RalphLambrecht; 03-13-2010 at 05:44 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    Regards

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    Like David, I'm never in doubt, but sometimes in error. I think VC paper is the analog version of photoshop, and most small mistakes can be rectified with it. It's been a loooong time since I've made a negative that I can't print with some degree of success.
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