Well, I would certainly second (third?) what Matt has written, and while that is basically how I begin a print, I feel you may have misinterpreted his intent. You seem to be jumping around in your appreciation of the process, not uncommon for beginners who need to see results, before their passion wanes. I would encourage you, as you have intimated, to pace your learning and become reasonably adept at each technique until you have understood it. If your negatives have, as seen in a proof print, good highlights and shadows, detail or not, you will have detail in your printed mid tones (e.g., in the middle of your exposure range) assuming you have captured detail in your composition. Unless, given a properly exposed negative, you have printed with so little contrast that no detail is resolved anywhere, and I'm not sure I've ever seen this, then you cannot fail to have detail in the middle of the range. And then there's the matter of taste, full tonal vs. high and low key printing...
Originally Posted by McErland
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