> you need a shorter print time
You cannot take a shorter time. In the example image you still have no real black. If you give even less light the shadows get more (light) grey.
I recommend increasing the contrast to grade 4 or even 5. Then you have both: Fine shadows and bright highlights. The upper half of the image needs partial dodging then, especially the faces.
I recommend further not starting with splitgrade. This makes things more complicated as needed. The results are comparable, so I recommend normal filtering in the beginning.
I made some examples in an electronical way:
1st step: Use hight contrast, so you can give enough light to get a real black AND remain the highlights:
2nd step: dodge the persons in the background. Here the borders between dodged / nondodged areas ar obvious beacaus iused irfaview. If you take a dodging tool the result is much better:
There are remaining problems with the "women in white" which may be mildend with some burning:
Last edited by piu58; 11-06-2012 at 11:55 PM. Click to view previous post history.