If a negative is overdeveloped, either from being developed for too long or in a developing solution that was too concentrated or too hot, or from being agitated too aggressively, the highlight areas will be too dense.

Because these densities are relatively opaque, the corresponding light areas of the print will be too white or "blocked up." Burning in these areas when you make a print will make them darker, but it cannot replace the lost texture and detail.

Note: Although there are no films or developers in digital photography, blown out highlight areas are just as serious a problem. Unless you use certain limited techniques that are discussed in Chapter 10, there is no way to recover highlight detail that has been obliterated because of excessive contrast in your subject.

FIGURE 4 An example of a print made from an overdeveloped negative.

A print from a properly exposed and developed negative will have rich, detailed shadow areas and brilliant, textured whites.

FIGURE 5 An example of a print made from a properly exposed and developed negative.
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