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The Black and White Digital Darkroom - part 6 of 1 2 3 4 5 6

by Paul Gallagher Published 01/02/2016


The other settings, Brightness down to Highlight Point Shift are best left alone; your corrections should ideally have been carried out ahead of printing. However, if you are troubled with 'bald' patches on your highlights the Highlight Point Shift will add a small amount of ink, known as a 'scum dot' in the trade. This has the effect of dulling the print slightly but if the print is to be placed under a window mount the viewer will be unaware of it - you take your money and make your choice!


The masters of black and white photography managed to produce some of the world's most famous photographs in traditional darkrooms using only pieces of card and cupping their hands. As I said at the outset, you can make this process as complicated as you like but from all of my years of experience, I see little need and you can make exhibition-quality black and white prints and enjoy doing it at the same time. In short, practice makes perfect!

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