Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Benskin View Post
The primary reasons to keep the exposure as short as possible is to keep printing times a short, limiting grain and light piping, and maximizing sharpness.
You might add shortest possible exposure helps reduce subject motion blur and camera shake blur.

And I don't need to pay much attention to those properties when using 4x5 on a tripod.

So I'll continue to place my shadows higher, if all the tone-reproduction theory says... is that "people accept compressed shadows, but it's not necessarily better than having detail in shadows".