The whole idea of processing is to produce a target negative density range for various subject luminance ranges. If the NDR and print LER match, there is a good likelihood of a quality print. If the highlight exposure falls on the shouldering portion of the curve, the highlight detail will be compressed further than what normally occurs from enlarger flare and the need for high mid-tone contrast.
Originally Posted by markbarendt
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Mark, you've mentioned the negative shoulder a couple of times in this thread. I'm thinking you have some concept in mind.
Matt, you know what too dark, too light, flat, and contrasty look like. Just apply it to the reproduction curve. Imagine a normal looking picture for the preferred reproduction curve. For any other shape of the curve apply one or more of the four possible choices.
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