Working with Problem Negatives

Let's consider the four basic problems that photographers encounter when trying to make a good print from a negative that has been improperly exposed and developed.

As you will see, these four problems fall into two categories:

Overexposure and Underdevelopment are serious problems that are more or less correctable in the printing process.

Underexposure and Overdevelopment, on the other hand, are essentially fatal negative flaws that are uncorrectable. One great advantage of the Zone System is that it is specifically designed to help you avoid these two problems.

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