Upping contrast

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by blinded, May 16, 2004.

  1. blinded

    blinded TPF Noob!

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    Heya,

    I'm supposed to copy the style of a photographer, and I've chosen Richard Avedon. I'm doing a collection of portraits, and I was wondering how he gets the very dark and contrasty images?

    I was wondering what kind of film and development processes that would be reccomended?

    So far all I think I can do is shoot Agfa apx100 b&w film at 800, and overdevelop by about 5 or 6 minutes on top of that, and use a dark contrast filter. Thats about all I can think of, and I'm still not getting the results I want. Any reccomendations will help,

    thanks
     
  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    You can increase contrast by:

    Using higher contrast filter in printing.

    Increasing development time.

    Increasing development temp.

    Increasing development agitation (I'd try this one to start with).

    Under exposing, then overdeveloping.

    There's a few off the top of my head.
     

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