One of the facets about analog photography that I really enjoy is the huge amount of ways to change or influence the look of an image. Developing chemistry is such a huge topic and I’ve barely scratched the surface on this.
I’ve been reading about two bath processing that supposedly reduces contrast and holds shadow tones and highlights well. Here’s a few reasons why it might be useful:
- Low contrast negatives scan very well
- Low contrast negatives print to PT/PD well
- Processing negatives for low contrast can result in more information kept in both shadows and highlights
- Processing a negative for lower contrast may make the grain less visible
- Possible recovery of exposure errors
Here’s some more articles on D-23 for reference