I've been doing only split grade printing ( to use VC paper with my very blue cold light ), and I am just a beginner, so that's what my advice is worth.... It's taken a while but unlike Fran I go with "grade 0" ( green filter ) first and then dial in the "grade 5" ( 47B blue filter ). I doubt it matters all that much.. I think the thing is to do it enough so you get a good sense of how it will come out. I've gotten the feel for where the highlights will end up going this way and feel like I've got control of the process and can get to the result I want. When I make the final print, I usually start with whatever filter happens to be in place. I like the split grade approach and it is becoming more and more intuitive. I recently discovered how much control you have over the middle tones by dodging the low contrast exposure... that was a revelation for me.
Last edited by NedL; 02-01-2013 at 01:48 PM. Click to view previous post history.