Maybe I just lead a bland life, but a lot of the stuff I photograph seems to be low contrast scenes. When I use a spot meter, 4 zones are about all I usually see.
Therefore, I would think I would need to overdevelop to raise the gamma and expand the tonal range. As I am shooting Tmax in 4x5 or 8x10, it also seems logical to over expose as I am not worrying about grain or shoving highlights up onto the shoulder.
However, last night I was reading the new Photo Techniques and David Vestal while he seems to agree about overexposing, says never overdevelop.
Near as I can tell David Vestal is one of the smartest living authorities on photography so while I assume he is right, I donít understand why.
In printing I am always cautioned to leave the print in the soup long enough to get the full tonal range so why isn't this true with negatives?
Any comments would be helpful.