John, you imply that you find that using staining developers requires more effort than using a non-staining one. Would you like to amplify, if that is indeed what you meant?
Ernie, the only reason that I use a staining developer (Prescysol) is that I find the negatives produced with it easier to print, requiring less burning and dodging than with other developers. It certainly doesn't convert a mediocre picture into a work of art, or inject emotion into the print; that's got to be done in camera surely.
Dave, One reason for the staining approach is to allow me to be more productive in the darkroom. Less time spent in test prints etc.to reach satisfactory results would make my life easier. I also tend to shoot a fair amount of subjects of significant contrast so I anticipate some benefit here as well. Am I wrong in these assumptions?
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