Grading pictures

When making prints under an enlarger you might use graded filters to enhance your final picture

I have a Meopta 4 with colour head (3) and below is a table of the Ilford Grade numbers and corresponding Meopta Colour head settings to use.

Ilford GradeMeopta
YM
07512
0.55516
14221
1.53527
22735
2.52140
31545
3.5956
4367
4.5097
5097+

I have made bold, grades 0, 2.5 and 5 as these are the ones used most frequently in grading enlargement’s.

Most start with Ilford’s 2.5 grades in general and work back or forward from there.

Split grading is normally 0 then 5 to suit but more on this later.

I will be making a post and a video about using the Meopta 3 colour head but for now I hope this is of some use to you.

Like most things in photo enlargement and film development take all times and suggested setting as a starting point to refine down to setting best suited for you and your workflow.

  • Data gained from book “The Photographers MASTER PRINTING COURSE” in association with Amateur Photographer. Author Tim Rudman (c) 1994.

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