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CONTRAST & DODGING AND BURNING

Painting With Light Sunday, September 9, 12


Sunday, September 9, 12


HERE IS A PHOTO I TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


WHEN I SET IT UP IN THE DARKROOM IT LOOKED SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

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At 20 seconds the highlights are too bright... they look like “White Paper� thus killing the illusion of 3D.

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I DID A 80/60/40/20 SECOND STRIP TEST ACROSS THE MIDDLE

At 20 seconds the highlights are too bright... they look like “White Paper” thus killing the illusion of 3D.

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I DID A 80/60/40/20 SECOND STRIP TEST ACROSS THE MIDDLE

At 40 seconds the highlights are no longer blank paper... The shadows are rich and detailed.

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I DID A 80/60/40/20 SECOND STRIP TEST ACROSS THE MIDDLE

60 seconds still has rich and detailed shadows but the mid-tones are getting dark.

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I DID A 80/60/40/20 SECOND STRIP TEST ACROSS THE MIDDLE

Here you can not see the difference between shadow and rock. Anytime your shadows “block-up” your photo will look heavy, dark and lifeless. Sunday, September 9, 12


Sunday, September 9, 12


I PRINTED IT FOR 40 SECONDS.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


THE ROCKS DOWN HERE LOOK GOOD, JUST LIKE THE STRIP TEST.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


BUT LOOK AT THE SKY. IT IS BLANK...ALMOST LIKE A HOLE IN MY PRINT.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


THE FOREGROUND IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS PHOTO. IT HAS NO DETAIL AS THE SHADOWS HAVE BLOCKED-UP.

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TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT MY NEGATIVE. e th s n li i thi ta of e d rt is pa ... re w ck e o ro Th had s

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..and ev

en cloud s in the sky.


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SO, WHAT DID I DO WRONG? NOTHING REALLY, IT IS JUST THAT ALMOST EVERY PHOTO NEEDS TO BE DODGED & BURNED!

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Sunday, September 9, 12


DODGING IS CREATING A SHADOW OVER PART OF THE IMAGE DURING THE EXPOSURE TO MAKE A PORTION LIGHTER.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


BURNING IS SELECTIVELY EXTENDING EXPOSURE TO PART OF THE IMAGE TO MAKE THAT PART DARKER.

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...fin d high the brig htes light t o part r lig htes of th t e phot (it w o ill lo ok d s... ark)

... and your mid-tones. (it will look gray)

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HOW TO DODGE & BURN. LOOK AT YOUR NEGATIVE AND... st e p est e de ark s... e o th or d hot ht) d p lig n w e fi ... ado f th ok o sh rt o ill l pa t w (i

...fin d high the brig htes light t o part r lig htes of th t e phot (it w o ill lo ok d s... ark)

... and your mid-tones. (it will look gray)

Sunday, September 9, 12


st e p est e de ark s... e o th or d hot ht) d p lig n w e fi ... ado f th ok o sh rt o ill l pa t w (i

...fin d high the brig htes light t o part r lig htes of th t e phot (it w o ill lo ok d s... ark)

... and your mid-tones. (it will look gray)

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NOW, DO A STRIP TEST ACROSS ALL THREE AREAS! st e p est e de ark s... e o th or d hot ht) d p lig n w e fi ... ado f th ok o sh rt o ill l pa t w (i

...fin d high the brig htes light t o part r lig htes of th t e phot (it w o ill lo ok d s... ark)

... and your mid-tones. (it will look gray)

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20 seconds looks good for the shadows.

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I PLACED THE STRIP TEST DIAGONALLY SO IT GOT ALL THREE VALUES.

20 seconds looks good for the shadows.

Sunday, September 9, 12


I PLACED THE STRIP TEST DIAGONALLY SO IT GOT ALL THREE VALUES.

40 seconds looks good for the mid-tones.

Sunday, September 9, 12


I PLACED THE STRIP TEST DIAGONALLY SO IT GOT ALL THREE VALUES.

60 seconds looks good for the highlights.

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USE DODGING AND BURNING TOOLS OR JUST MAKE SHADOWS WITH YOUR HANDS TO GIVE EACH PART OF THE PHOTO THE EXACT TIME NEEDED!

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40 seconds

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Sunday, September 9, 12


IT TAKES SOME PRACTICE BUT WITH SOME PATIENCE YOU CAN IMPROVE ANY PRINT.

Sunday, September 9, 12


IT TAKES SOME PRACTICE BUT WITH SOME PATIENCE YOU CAN IMPROVE ANY PRINT.

Sunday, September 9, 12


IT TAKES SOME PRACTICE BUT WITH SOME PATIENCE YOU CAN IMPROVE ANY PRINT.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


BUT WAIT.... I’M AFRAID IT ISN’T ALWAYS THAT SIMPLE. SOMETIMES YOU WILL HAVE TO ADJUST CONTRAST AS WELL! CONTRAST IS THE RELATIVE RANGE OF GRAYS BETWEEN FIRST BLACK AND PURE WHITE.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


THIS HIGH CONTRAST IMAGE CAN BE IMPROVED WITH DODGING AND BURNING BUT REDUCING CONTRAST BEFORE WILL BE NECESSARY.

Sunday, September 9, 12


Sunday, September 9, 12


THIS HIGH CONTRAST IMAGE CAN BE IMPROVED WITH DODGING AND BURNING BUT REDUCING CONTRAST BEFORE WILL BE NECESSARY.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


THIS LOW CONTRAST IMAGE CAN ONLY BE IMPROVED BY ADDING CONTRAST AND THEN DODGING AND BURNING AFTER.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


THIS LOW CONTRAST IMAGE CAN ONLY BE IMPROVED BY ADDING CONTRAST AND THEN DODGING AND BURNING.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


SIMPLY HOLD A POLYCONTRAST FILTER UNDER THE LENS AS YOU MAKE YOUR STRIP TESTS. A “NORMAL” NEGATIVE IS AT A CONTRAST OF “2”.

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A FILTER ABOVE #2 WILL ADD CONTRAST.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


A FILTER BELOW #2 WILL REDUCE CONTRAST.

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Sunday, September 9, 12


FOR THE TEXTURE ASSIGNMENT YOU MUST HAND IN TWO PRINTS. 1 PRINT THAT IS A “COMPROMISE” PRINT THAT HAS NO CONTRAST ADJUSTMENTS AND NO DODGING AND BURNING. (UNMOUNTED) AND 1 PRINT THAT HAS CONTRAST ADJUSTMENTS AND DODGING & BURNING AS NEED. (MOUNTED)

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Dodge and Burn