Develop for the Highlights

The amount of time that you develop your film will determine the density of the negative's highlight areas and its overall contrast. Just as exposure has its main effect on the shadow areas of the negative, the film's development time will determine how white or gray the lighter areas of the print will eventually be. If you inadvertently over- or underdevelop your film, the highlight densities will be difficult or impossible to print well.

If exposure and development didn't act independently on the density of different parts of the negative, you would have no way of controlling its contrast. Knowing that exposure determines the shadow density and that development controls the highlights, you can use these two factors to your advantage.

Understanding this relationship makes it easy for a photographer with a trained eye to diagnose problem negatives. If parts of the negative that correspond to the darker areas of the subject are

too thin or transparent, the negative is obviously underexposed. If the highlight areas of the negative are opaque, the negative is overdeveloped. Before you go on, try the following exercise.

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