Sudek, hi. Indeed with the 8d target, steps turn black in sequence. I didn't check the 10d target.
1. When coating volume per area changes, a very important process parameter changes. That's the reason for wildly differing results. *Use at least 0.25ml per 10 sq. in / 0.0039ml per sq. cm of coating solution*. Some papers will need a little less, some a little more, but those figures makes a very good starting point.
2. I see you still use a small area for coating, and the step tablet is very close to edges of the coating area. This is not a good practice; the edges often behave differently because coating isn't absolutely and perfectly even on the edges - definitely not a good place in a context of calibration! *Coat a larger area and keep the step step tablets at least 1-1.5" away from edges*.
3. OTOH, it's very hard to judge and mark the correct place with the standard Stouffer step tablets, because there aren't any helper marks on the negative, also the steps aren't equally sized. *I'd strongly suggest that you use Mark Nelson's tablets*. They're very nicely designed, you can discern each step very clearly because they're marked on the negative. And the numbers are readable in all steps. See the page, you'll understand why using these is considerably more productive...
4. Maybe it's time to consider a workshop; seeing a master at work will improve your grasp of the workflow immensely.
Last edited by Loris Medici; 03-16-2014 at 12:54 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: Fixed a few typos...