Exposure tests of Tri-X B&W film

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I shoot mainly tri-x and would like to know the best exposure setting. I have read in various articles where people expose tri-x at 320,200 etc..How do I determine the best exposure for my developer film combo.

-- Keith Morandi (kmorandi@mnc.com), December 29, 1997


Response to Exposure tests of B&W film

Look at the deep shadow areas of your negatives. These areas should look nearly as clear as the unexposed parts of the film. Find or make a negative with the thinnest part of the image at the edge of the frame, the edge should be just visible. This is approximately your minimum exposure for full shadow detail. A contrasty scene will need a little more exposure, a soft scene a little less. Tri-X's latitude can absorb about two stops over exposure with little trouble, so you can shoot it at 200 or even 100 even if you might get decent shadow details at 320-400. The image will be sharper and less grainy at the minimum exposure though.

If you learn to read your negatives visually and adjust development and exposure in small steps you can fine tune your technique.

-- Tim Brown (brownt@ase.com), December 29, 1997.

Response to Exposure tests of B&W film

Keith, I'd suggest you purchase a book by Phil Davis called "Beyond the Zone System" and follow his simple but very effective format. You can learn more about the system from Darkroom Innovations Inc. located at www.darkroom-innovations.com on the net.

-- paul b (paulb@value.net), January 01, 1998.

Response to Exposure tests of B&W film

for the ultimate in b/w procedures get a copy of Ansel Adams "The Negative"

-- mark llindsey (lindseygraves@msn.com), February 09, 1998.

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