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    What do you do with test prints?

    I've accumulated a lot of test prints over the last year and a half. Most of them dont have notes on them (I keep a sheet of paper in my print folders with printing notes written in pencil behind the print), and I dont know why I keep them. Since I had some bleach and clear bath for reversal processing black and white film that had been sitting around a while, I decided to bleach the silver out and pour it in the silver recovery bucket in my darkroom. I threw the bleached paper away. Obviously I wouldnt do that to an actual final print unless, years later, I decided the print was shit and didnt want to look at it anymore.

    So, what does everyone else do with their test prints or f****d up prints? Throw them away or obsessivly store them or something else?


    Just curious.
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    I sold my last one for $3.8 million. Other than that I write notes on them and keep them for dodge/burn reference.
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    Most I pitch, but I save a few to make burn masks and dodging tools. If I have one that is a little too dark, I might try some sort of bleach-toning if I think it might be interesting.

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    I do sell a couple of my OK second prints for a few bucks. Our city has these "gallery walks" Nobody will buy a $40.00 or $200.00 item, but occasionally I sell a print for $5.00. I make my living doing serious commercial photography.

    Others I throw away. I "buried" a few in a time capsule I placed in the 140 year-old building I own.

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    They are good for "test" purposes when I'm planning on toning.

    I sometimes write exposure notes on them and file them with the negatives.

    Otherwise, they go into the recycling bin.
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    I wipe my bum with them.

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    Since mine are briefly fixed, washed for about a minute then dried in a microwave for evaluation they are pretty much worthless for anything after I'm done with them. They get tossed. Sometimes I do wash some of them for guinea pigs for toning.

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    I "obsessively", compulsively, or cannily(?) save all my test prints (proofs) in file folders numbered and reconciled with the original computer catalogued negatives, stored in plastic file tubs. Why? Because I don't ever want to pull out a "nice looking" negative, thinking I should make a print of this, and after firing up the darkroom and wasting time and resources, find out that I had already made a proof of it, without recording one way or another its fine print potential. Some are re-evaluated over time.

    My workflow is such that I make proofs as soon as possible after the shooting of any print worthy negative. They are stored and catalogued as previously stated. I then explore any print worthy proof for fine print potential at my leisure or whim – which, by virtue of having saved the proofs makes this possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ROL View Post
    I "obsessively", compulsively, or cannily(?) save all my test prints (proofs) in file folders numbered and reconciled with the original computer catalogued negatives, stored in plastic file tubs. Why? Because I don't ever want to pull out a "nice looking" negative, thinking I should make a print of this, and after firing up the darkroom and wasting time and resources, find out that I had already made a proof of it, without recording one way or another its fine print potential.

    My workflow is such that I make proofs as soon as possible after the shooting of any print worthy negative. They are stored and catalogued as previously stated. I then explore any print worthy proof for fine print potential at my leisure or whim – which, by virtue of having saved the proofs makes this possible.

    Now there is a system! I wish I had the space and the diligence to do this, would probably save me a headache later on.

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    Wow, quick responses


    I should probably save mine with printing notes, but I'm not organized or diligent enough. HAving a sheet of notebook paper with notes in my print folder is as good as I'm going to do (for prints I've framed, I do keep a second one in my folder)
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