I've some confusion when metering & developing for film.
I've learned that it is preferred to overexpose a negative film, e.g. ISO400 film and use as ISO200 film, and develop using standard development time specified in digitaltruth.com
Now, I also learned to decrease the development time in order to "develop for the highlights", and make the image more easy to print.
I also learned in order to increase the contrast, I need to underexpose and increase the development time. (e.g. Tri-X 400 use as ISO1600, and push the film during development)
(1) & (2) seems okay for me, which means I can always do the following
- Half rate my film ISO when shooting, e.g. (rate my TMax400 as ISO200)
- Decrease the development time (e.g. standard Tmax400 development time is 5.5min, now I only use 80% which is 4.4min
But for (3), sounds like it contradicts with (1), (2) above?
Any guideline I could follow more easily?