Quote Originally Posted by NB23 View Post
I've come to the point where one single try is perfect.
Over time you will start to see the image and what needs to
be dodged and burned by just looking at the projected negative
onto the easel. A tiny test strip will be enough for understanting the whole exposure.
I understand you are not joking, but are talking about what happens when you gain enough experience.

When you have very many negatives to print, you get efficient at working out what each needs.

I also try hard to conserve paper. I am sometimes lucky to get what I consider a good print from 1 sheet of paper and 1 test strip. More often it's 2 test strips and 1 sheet of paper. Occasionally 2 test strips and 2 sheets of paper. Only rarely do I put in more effort than that. Because if a particular negative is fighting me, there is always another negative more deserving of my time.