Compensating for subject contrast through film development is very similar to compensating for negative contrast with variable-contrast (VC) papers.
Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
This does not mean that VC papers have replaced the Zone System altogether. The Zone System delivers a perfect negative, and VC papers are very tolerant of less than perfect negatives.
So true. One thing the Zone System has taught me is that how much more dynamic range our eyes have compared to film when it comes to pre-visualization. I've struggled with many less-than-perfect negatives in the darkroom. It's a lot of work to get an image with decent tonality with bad negatives. Spend a little time in exposing properly and processing your film right and it's more fun in the darkroom. BTW love your advice. Save me from learning the hard way