Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/24

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Subject: RE: [Leica] printing TMZ
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 18:02:05 -0600

>It's reccomended that you expose for the highlights first though I'm still
>trying to understand the theory behind that...

I think it is because you can do long exposures and still not have strong
blacks. Then a quick flash of a high grade filter and the blacks come in
quickly. I have used that technique a lot. I'll print my negatives at a
lower grade than normal to get smooth creamy highlights and open midtones,
and then flash very short exposure with a #5 filter and it makes the blacks
sing without the harsh local contrast in the highlights that comes with
straight printing with higher grade papers. (The Bill Brandt look?) :-)
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Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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