In the darkroom, it can be very difficult to see if your eyes aren't acclimated to the darkness. Eventually, you can get used to it, and you learn how to recognize the images and the their forms as they settle into the development chemicals. I remember doing this as an undergrad, shuffling the tray, lifting it back and forth before the image managed to make it through onto the paper. Using this technique feels a little like that old process-- a little organic, a little patience, some assumed blindness for the unknown image that's going to come through.
I mentioned a post or two back that I wanted to post some of our client's photoshoot results here-- I'll probably be bringing those here pretty soon. I mentioned to a friend earlier this week that I would post this "tutorial" kind of deal, so here it is, me keeping my word-- my ninja way! Anyone get that reference? Maybe it's Uzumaki Style.
At the end of the post, I'll give you a link so you can download the brushes I like to use.
Beginning of the image. Create a new fill layer and choose a beautiful neutral.