Elena Tresh Foundation Florida
Wet Photography - Test Strip and Final Print
- Open the pack of photographic paper and take out a sheet. Cut
sample strips using the scissors or the paper cutter. It is best to
cut the paper lengthwise.
- Now place the sample strip on the paper magazine with the
emulsion side up. Select an important area of the motif which
preferably includes shadows, medium gray tones and also
- With the help of a piece of cardboard, various exposure times
can appear on a single sheet of paper. The aperture setting remains
constant in this context. First expose the paper without any mask
at all. Then cover about 20% of the rest of the paper with the
cardboard, followed by 40% and finally 80%. In our example, the
exposure setting of 5 s on the sample results in the exposure
series: 5, 10, 15 etc. After developing, you can select the correct
time for additional samples or for the enlargement
- The photographic paper should be put in the developer fairly
quickly. There, it should immediately be fully submerged in the
- The developing time begins with submersion and should at least
correspond to the manufacturer's specifications, and that goes for
the samples too! Moderately extending the time usually results in
better blacks and highlights. Agitate the paper gently and
uniformly during the entire developing time.
- The fixing bath completes processing. after about 30 s
carefully inspect the result. Samples only need to be fixed
briefly. They are washed and then inspected in daylight.
- You can now make the final enlargement. The samples have shown
you which exposure is best.