C Overdeveloped

A big misconception in the world of photography is that it doesn't matter too much if you overdevelop your negatives. Sure the effects are not as disastrous as underdevelopment, but careless overdevelopment will result in images that are difficult to print and will never display the beautiful and delicate tones obtained from a good negative. The most notable characteristics of this problem are the dark, bleeding edge numbers and highlight areas appearing as opaque (see Figure 48.3).

Fault prevention: Check to ensure that the developer solution wasn't too strong, or too hot, or that the film was developed for too long.

Figure 48.3 Overdeveloped black and white negative.
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