Print exposure

Along with development time, print exposure is a critical factor in determining the way in which your final print will look. Your print exposure affects three different aspects of the print's appearance and the process. The amount of overexposure that you give the print controls the color of your print.

If you give your print 2-3 times the normal exposure needed for that negative then the color of the print will be predominantly chocolate brown. If you give your print 16 times the normal exposure then the print will exhibit orange tones.

In other words the color of the print becomes warmer as the exposure time increases. Two other things happen as your exposure times increase - firstly your development times decrease, and secondly your image contrast decreases. Effectively your choice of exposure time will vary the color, the contrast and the development time of your print (see Figure P.4).

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