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    Underexposed negative = positive

    If you do wetplate photographgy, you might have heard of the saying "a positive is just an underexposed negative." Or " a good negative is a bad positive."

    Will this work on film? What happens when I underexposed Shanghai film by 5 stops?

    You get a positive. Watch my video to see my tryout


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    Re: Underexposed negative = positive

    Very interesting Pound

    Keep on trying things

    Thank you
    sin eater

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    Re: Underexposed negative = positive

    Very similar in principle to tintypes/ambrotypes. I always like to look at my underexposed negatives this way...kinda makes up for goofing up the exposure!

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    Re: Underexposed negative = positive

    Yup.. X-ray film seems to exhibit this easily ..maybe due to the fact that it is coated on both sides.

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