The art and craft of black and white printing is in starting with a useable digital negative. If you think your digital negatives have little potential for creating an expressive picture, think again. The smaller picture is the same file as the feature image without post-processing. Low contrast in the camera allows controlled global and selective contrast to be added in the printing. Only beginners think a bright contrasty day is good for taking pictures.
In your hands, you hold the keys to the look of the final picture in equal measure with the negative. All the potential tones are there, it’s your job as the printer is to make a plan and express your vision and intent for the picture you took. It’s your responsibility nobody else’s.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016