SPLIT GRADE PRINTING
„Split-Grade Printing” is a darkroom technique of exposing variable contrast black and white paper using two exposures instead of a single one.
Many modern papers used in the darkroom are ‘variable-contrast’ (VC) which means that one can opt to modify the contrast of a print from soft to hard without changing the paper. „Split-Grade Printing” is a darkroom technique of exposing variable contrast black and white paper using two exposures instead of a single one. The aim of split grade printing is to maintain a full range of mid-tones whilst allowing a suitable amount of contrast that is otherwise unobtainable when using a single filter. This technique offers smooth and infinite control of contrast between the soft and hard limits but requires only two filters.
In our one-day workshop, we will explore this printing technique and when to use it in darkroom printing.
- Basics of Variable Contrast Paper
- Split printing Basics
- Split Grade Printing vs. Dodging & Burning
- Practical approaches in Split Grade Printing
The workshop will take place with at least 2 binding registrations.