The Past few days I have been doing a bit of research on paper negatives. I became interested in using photo paper as film a few months back when I first purchased a 4x6 Speed graphic. At first it was all fun and games but soon turned into frustration as I kept getting negatives that were to contrasty. After reading a few blogs, I decided to give it another try. The only difference this time was "Flashing" my paper.
Flashing was something I had never heard of. By flashing you paper you end up lowering the contrast and and to tell the truth the results are pretty awesome. Now I know your wondering "what the heck is flashing!?" Well my film loving friends, flashing is basically exposing your paper for a quick sec under a lamp and then loading it in your film carrier and shooting it pre-exposed. The end product as described is a lower contrast negative with acceptable highlights. I would post a more in depth "how to" on how I achieved my flashing, but to be honest I'm still new to it, so I'll save that for a later post. For now all i have to offer are my results.