I am wondering whether it is required to use a correction curve to get the best possible results from P2DN using Meth 3 for silver printing? At the moment I’m printing negs using a density of 1.60 as reccommended. Without any curve applied I am finding it difficult to get information in my dark/shadow values of my darkroom prints i.e By simply inverting the image in Photoshop without any prior adjustment the clear areas for the neg are nearly without detail.
I am finding I get better results when applying a Burkholder silver curve designed for the R2880. This increases the shadow values in my neg and although I have to ‘print down’ in the darkroom afterwards I get more detail in the darkest areas of my prints. However I understand that this is counter to the way in which the P2DN system works as the process is already linearized.
I also understand that a correction curve is needed for platinum printing which I have also been doing. So my question is how can I optimize my output for silver printing?