Quote Originally Posted by markbau View Post
Forgive me if this article has been discussed already, (I did search for a thread on it)

The Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Photo Techniques" has an article that investigates if it is worthwhile to print VC paper by exposing the paper to both a high contrast and a low contrast filter versus exposing the paper to a single filter of the required contrast. In a nutshell the article says that in the case of people with a colour head split filter printing achieves nothing. i did a workshop with Howard Bond years ago and he said the same thing however I suspect that some people still use this technique. Of course using a different filter whilst burning is another matter entirely. Any thoughts on the article? Is split filter printing buried as an idea or do some people still use it?

Mark
Mark

The article is correct and so is Howard Bond. The effect of any combination of straight low and high-contrast exposures can also be achieved with a single mid-contrast exposure. However, the advantage of being able to dodge and burn differently during the two exposures makes split-grade printing a valuable techniques, achieving effects you can't do otherwise.