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#1 Ben Brahem Ziryab

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 04:51 PM

When contact printing the OCN (with no IP/IN steps) what are some ways to increase the contrast and deepen the blacks?

 

The methods that I know of are no longer available like printing on Vision Premier and ENR/ACE/CCE/OZ. I try to avoid skip bleach all-together because it desaturates the color in the process.


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 04:56 PM

I got a fairly contrasty contact print from Fotokem -- basically I overexposed the negative and was printing in a low 40's. Fotokem can increase the contrast of the print a little more by push-processing it.

 

An idea that I've considered but never tested is to push the negative one-stop but rate it normally and then print down the extra density.  I've seen that done in stills and the results seemed more saturated and contrasty.


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