How To Selenium Tone Black and White Film Negatives

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When you think of selenium toning, your first thought most likely involves either archival processing of your darkroom prints, or toning your fiber prints for an increased contrast and a slight color shift towards neutral with deeper blacks.  

Did you know the selenium toning your black and white film negatives improves their archival performance?  I bet you could have probably guessed that, but it isn't likely that you are taking advantage of that understanding.  

Even better, I show you how you can increase the contrast of your black and white film negatives up to a full stop!  I use this method as a technique when I exposed/developed my film wrong and I need that extra step of contrast or I also use this for negatives that I want to make platinum/palladium prints with.  

BENEFITS OF SELENIUM TONING YOUR B&W FILM NEGATIVES

  • Increase contrast and density of your negative that otherwise might not be possible with specific film and developer dilutions.
  • Tonal expansion – could achieve N+1 from an N type negative, for example.
  • You can develop your negative at N and after inspection, you could selenium tone for N+1 giving you maximum flexibility and options.
  • Works with traditional developers and Pyrocat staining type developers.
  • Increase contrast of “old negatives” and protect them.
  • Increase contrast of individual frames on roll film.  
  • Film normally increases grain the longer it is developed.  For roll film, if you know you want to increase contrast, it is a good idea to develop for normal time and then selenium tone for the increased contrast without having to develop for the longer time and the increased grain.
     

You can download the How to Selenium Tone Black & White Film Negatives PDF immediately for only $5 and get immediate access.