Quote Originally Posted by Lionel1972 View Post
I thought you can do that either by open up the lens by 1 stop (F numbers does go by those non-linear steps) or by just doubling the exposure time (no need to go non-linear on time).
Exactly correct. The process known as f stop printing just borrows the logarithmic scale from the aperture and applies it to the time.

1, 2, 4, 8, 16 seconds is the same doubling each time as 2.8, 5.6, 11, 22 seconds. The advantage is in using it for test strips. If you use the traditional method of 10 second steps then at the start going from 10 to 20 is quite a difference. At the other end of the strip e.g. 50 to 60 is not much of a change.

Using the 'f stop' sequence gives an equal percentage change per step. You don't have to use the actual numbers used in f stops. 10, 20, 40, 80, etc. is equally valid.


Steve.