Quote Originally Posted by horacekenneth View Post
Mike, it's been a long time since I've used logs so I'm struggling to keep up. What I think I understand is - a true negative is able to compress real world levels of contrast into distinguishable brightnesses paper can handle. A paper negative cannot.

Roger, when you say manipulating contrast are you talking about customizing exposure and development times (like using the zone system)?
Yep. Essentially I'm saying to develop less for less contrast or longer for more. My experience with paper is that this will be very limited. Too little development will just yield muddy poorly detailed shadow areas (highlights in a negative - the dark areas) and blown out white areas. Too much will indeed raise contrast a little, but not that much compared to film. You can also increase contrast about 1/4 paper grade +/- depending on paper by selenium toning if you like, but again you generally want to reduce contrast for paper negatives. Thus I was thinking something like Selectol Soft might be useful.