Completely agree. I would always suggest one make the best negatives he can. My point is simply that assuming one does not go down too many rat holes and doesn't read too much nonsense, it isn't all that hard to make good negatives, while developing top notch printing skills, tools and techniques takes more practice, and really expands the arsenal of creative controls.

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I think the intention should be to make a great negative. It would be rather counterproductive to make crappy negatives, because at the end of the day we all screw up enough times anyway that we are challenged to make a good print.

Sure it's more difficult to make a good print from a shitty negative, and it does teach us to appreciate AND recognize the good ones. The increased difficulty probably does make us better printers, but I don't think anybody here can recommend to make it a goal to make shitty negs just to learn to print.

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