Developmemt by inspection : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hi. I am fairly new at this and was reviewing the questions when I come across the "Developing by Inspection" - can anyone fill me in on what this is all about Thanks.

-- Ken Popovitch (, November 04, 2000


Familiar with the phrase, "Expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights"? Well that's what D.B.I. is - developing for the highlights. It is an older method practiced by Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Edward Weston, Brett Weston, etc. etc. etc.

Instead of developing by time and temperature, you develop the film until you judge the highlights to be adequatley dense, but not too dense. This is done in open trays and inspecting it for a brief period of time under a # 3 Green safelight after 1/2 to 2/3rds of the expected development time has elapsed.

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to learn more

-- Sean yates (, November 04, 2000.

I also have an article on Development by Inspection on my site at

-- Ed Buffaloe (, November 06, 2000.

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