The last two messages from Chris and Stewart are contradictory - Are darker negatives easier or harder to print?
I spent a long time trying to print a very "thin" negative (lightly exposed) with an image that scanned well and I liked very much. After much experimentation with filter selection, exposure, and a little dodging, I got a print that was sort of acceptable, but not what I was after. I spent HOURS on it.
For the RFF postcard project, I selected a stand-developed negative that is very dark and contrasty. Prints nicely, didn't have to fiddle too much.
However, I had some REALLY dark negatives (stage shots, and I pushed the film a little too much). They pretty much look like sh-t when scanned or printed.
SO, based on my on-going struggles, I lean towards Chris's wisdom, but as common sense would indicate if the negative is too overexposed or overdeveloped, there is really nothing to work with, likewise at the other extreme.
Much more than 24 words, so sue me. ;-)
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