I have also began working on local contrast in the negative as opposed to overall contrast. This, in my estimation, is what gives a print a "glow" or "life".
Originally Posted by JMcLaug351
The difficulty that I see in pursuing this course of action is that one can not effect greater local contrast without at the same time increasing overall contrast. Therein lies the conundrum. ie. in increasing local contrast the overall contrast will oftentimes exceed the scale of the materials one uses.
The means that I see to control overall contrast fall basically into two categories. The first being flashing of the paper and second is masking of the negative. The first course compresses highlight values downward. Whereas masking compresses shadow values upward.