There are a number of techniques available when extreme Contraction is necessary to control the contrast of a very high contrast subject.

1. You may have to use a lower than normal paper grade.

2. If used properly a compensating developer will lower negative contrast while minimizing the loss of shadow detail.

3. The Two-Bath and Water Bath development techniques can sometimes be useful for extreme Contractions.

All of these processes are described in detail below.

It's important to remember that there will always be some loss of shadow detail when Contractions beyond N - 2 are necessary. This can be compensated for by placing your Important Shadow Area on Zone III 1/2 or Zone IV when you are planning an extreme Contraction.

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