EXERCISE 1:2 CONTRAST FILTERS

 
Abelardo Morell, Cutout and Scratched Film, 2012

Abelardo Morell, Cutout and Scratched Film, 2012

Abelardo Morell, Salt and Water on Film, 2012

Abelardo Morell, Salt and Water on Film, 2012

EXERCISE 1:2

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) 

TOTAL POINTS

20

MATERIALS

Processed Negatives (in sleeves)

Photo Paper (RCVC)

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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.

 
Sabastio Salgado, Genesis

Sabastio Salgado, Genesis

 

PHOTOGRAM ARTISTS

  • Eikoh Hose
  • Diane Arbus
  • Emmet Gowin
  • Sabastiao Salgado
  •  
 
Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, 1926

Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, 1926

Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, 1926

Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, 1926

STEP BY STEP

Choose one image to enlarge to 6X6 in. (6x9 in. for 35mm):

  1. Make a test strip, with the 00 filter.
  2. Make a test strip, with the 03 filter.
  3. Make a test strip, with the 05 filter.
  4. Examine your prints, select a filter and time to make a flat exposure.
  5. Make 1 print at the exposure of your choice.

STUDENT WORK

 
Aaron Duenas, 2017

Aaron Duenas, 2017

Aaron Duenas, 2017

Aaron Duenas, 2017

 

EXERCISES

1:1 PHOTOGRAM

1:2 CONTRAST FILTERS

1:3 DODGE + BURN

PROJECT

1: TRANSFORMATION