EXERCISE 1:2 CONTRAST FILTERS
This exercise will give you more experience with the darkroom enlarger. Learn how to enlarge images from your negatives and correct your tonal range for more contrast. Consider how different photographers use contrast in relationship to their images.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Know properties of variable contrast photo paper
- How to use contrast filters (low and high)
- Understand how to load and unload negative
- Know how to use darkroom paper easel
- Know how to use darkroom negative carrier
- Understand how and why to make a test strip
WHAT YOU TURN IN
3 - Test Prints (contrast 0, 3, 5)
1 - Excellent Print (contrast of your choice)
Processed Negatives (in sleeves)
Photo Paper (RCVC)
WHAT IS CONTRAST? In black and white photography, contrast is referring to the tonal range of your image. When an image is filled with many grey tones, it is low in contrast, and many lines and shapes tend to blend together. A high contrast image contains pure whites and blacks with a variety of grey in between. Images with contrast provide a stronger sense of shape and texture.
- Eikoh Hose
- Diane Arbus
- Emmet Gowin
- Sabastiao Salgado
STEP BY STEP
Choose one image to enlarge to 6X6 in. (6x9 in. for 35mm):
- Make a test strip, with the 00 filter.
- Make a test strip, with the 03 filter.
- Make a test strip, with the 05 filter.
- Examine your prints, select a filter and time to make a flat exposure.
- Make 1 print at the exposure of your choice.
1:2 CONTRAST FILTERS
1:3 DODGE + BURN