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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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    when in doubt

    i always over expose and over develop ...

    what do you do ?



    over expose over develop ?
    under expose over develop?
    under expose under develop?
    over expose under develop?
    over develop?
    under develop?
    over expose?
    under expose?
    flash my film?
    nothing / i'm zone'd out ...

    sorry the poll didn't work out
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    I'm never in doubt. I use a spotmeter and develop according to the light conditions, I'm never wrong when I do that.
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    What Chris said.

    However, if I were to be doubtful of exposure and tonal range I would overexpose and underdevelop. But... I plan to print digitally so these errors are easily corrected. If printing analog there may not be a paper grade capable of correcting gross development errors.
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    Have been over exposing slightly and using shorter development times,have had a condenser enlarger.Bought a cold light enlarger head and now using box speed asa and longer development times,seems to be working still working on it.

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    I'm never in doubt, but occasionally in error, so the exposure is the exposure. From there I might adjust development plans, if I catch it in time, or I might intensify the neg, or I might just chalk it up to experience and print something else, or if it's something I really need to be able to print and won't have a chance to reshoot and the other methods aren't sufficient, and there's at least something on the neg, then I might try something better discussed on APUG's sister site, http://www.hybridphoto.com .
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    I tend to overexpose and under develop... just a bit of each. Unless it's that moment when the sun has just dipped below the horizon (or it's a cloudy day) and the light's flat, then I underexpose, and overdevelop... just a bit! I rarely shoot box speed, but sometimes I'm zoned out, too, and I'm not sure what I'm doing!!

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    Depends which film.

    If unsure, and it is negative film, I'll add an additional shot with more exposure.

    If unsure, and it is transparency film, I'll add an additional shot with a half shot less exposure.

    Matt

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    Use box speed. Check readings with a Nikon F100 as a spot meter. Maybe bracket. Process normally.
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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    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

    Ian

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    Evryone maks miskates.

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