I completed my very first print on October 17. I believe I have talked about the process briefly, but this post will go more in-depth of how I went about taking my negative and transforming it into a black and white photo.
After developing the negative, the real fun part is printing. While fun, it is a very, very lengthy process as well. To get the print to look right in contrast and exposure, there is a lot of testing.
I only printed this one photo so far, and it took me the entirety of my photography class to complete it (which is three hours long).
To start off, my class tests the printing by beginning with a grade of 2 for contrast and testing by seconds. We set the timer as 2, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, covering the paper as we go along to make sure not to mess up the different exposures. We keep going on with testing, adjusting our grade and getting more specific with the seconds of exposure.
An important piece of advice Sam told the class was to:
A) Take a Sharpie and write the number of seconds for exposure, so after developing the print you know which section is which
B) On the back of the test prints, write down what that print is for grade and aperture AND, also write a note of what you will be testing next (seconds, grade, aperture). This helps you keep track of where you have been and where you will go next. I also personally number all my tests just to keep in mind the complete process.
Needless to say, I am super happy with how my very first print came out. Although it took 10 tests to complete, it was worth it and I know within time I will be able to get to a point of doing less testing.