EXERCISE 1:3 DODGE + BURN

 
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 Abelardo Morell, Salt and Water on Film, 2012

Abelardo Morell, Salt and Water on Film, 2012

EXERCISE 1:3

DODGING & BURNING is a technique that you can use to manipulate the light that reaches your print.  Once you reach the right density, you may find some areas that could be a bit lighter or darker.  Keep your hand or tool moving so that the areas blend together smoothly.  If you don’t move you will leave the outline of your manipulation on the paper.  It may be necessary to make your own tools for certain photographs.

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
  • Know how to add light, or darken a local area
  • Know how to subtract light, or lighten local area

WHAT YOU TURN IN

1 - Excellent Print (contrast of your choice) 

TOTAL POINTS

20

MATERIALS

Processed Negatives (in sleeves)

Photo Paper (RCVC)

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BURNING is an ADDITIVE process.  You can choose a certain area to look darker by exposing more light.  This can be achieved in a variety of ways and it is usually done after the initial exposure in the enlarger.  You can use any opaque material to cut a hole in and by placing it between the lens and the paper, you can raise or lower it until you get the size and shape of your object.

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DODGING is a SUBTRACTIVE process.  This will help you lighten things within the print during the initial exposure.  Here you can block the light in order to see things that may appear too dark.  You can use a dodging wand for this, make your own out of cardboard and wire.  You can also easily contort your hands to fit any pattern you want!

 
 Sabastio Salgado, Genesis

Sabastio Salgado, Genesis

 
 

STUDENT WORK

 
 

EXERCISES

1:1 PHOTOGRAM

1:2 CONTRAST FILTERS

1:3 DODGE + BURN

PROJECT

1: TRANSFORMATION