Multiple Filter Printing : LUSENET : Black_and_White_Photography : One Thread

I have read a couple of brief accounts about using at least two filters on a single multigrade print (in this case Ilford RC paper and filters). Apparently the process is to start with a very low contrast filter such as a #0 or #1 to get the best midtones then use a high contrast filter such as a #5 to blast the shadows. Does anyone use this method? I have tried it once with mixed results. Is there any rule of thumb for the timing of each exposure?

-- Anonymous, April 03, 1997


Response to Split grading

Hi Andy,

The technique is commonly referred to as split grading. It is used to extend the tonal range in your prints and separate the values more without increasing contrast. It is one of the best ways to get the tonal separation in a VC paper close to a graded paper.

The greater the difference in filter grades, the greater the tonal separation will be. You can experiment with filter grades and times to acheive different results.

It is a very effective technique for negatives that need more tonal separation. I use it a lot. -Doug

-- Anonymous, April 04, 1997

Printing with multiple filters

Several months ago, I picked up a copy of the book "Black & White Photographic Printing Workshop" by Larry Bartlett with Jon Tarrant (Silver Pixel Press, ISBN 1-883403-39-1), which describes a method of printing using different VC filters for different areas of a print. The book includes many examples with both straight prints and prints made by use of multiple filters. The results are quite dramatic (one review I read characterized the style of printing as more in favor in the UK and Europe than in the US). I've tried to put their principles to work in my own printing (especially with some negs that I've found difficult to print previously because of contrast range), and have been quite pleased with the results.

-- Anonymous, April 06, 1997

Split Graded printing

Thanks for the info on multiple filter printing. I think I'll check out that book by Bartlett and Tarrant. I've heard about it from a few people now.

-- Anonymous, April 06, 1997

HI Andy I have used the split filter printing for some time and have had very good results. Try changing the order of filters, use the #5 first then #0 next it is different. Also I have made great B/W prients from color negs .Little to no grane on the print.

-- Anonymous, April 09, 1997

I agree with the comment by Joe Good. Though I don't use the technique regularly it is there for the negative that needs that bit extra. I also find that printing with the #5 or highest contrast filter then the low contrast one gives me the control I need. I carried out an experiment on one occasion where I compared this technique with flashing the paper; this technique provided much more detail than flashing the paper. Regards David.

-- Anonymous, May 24, 1997

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