Film Photography: How any could masrer film and darkroom work?

Started Jul 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
bford Senior Member • Posts: 1,489
Re: I think you had to be 13

Toccata47 wrote:

My middle school offered a year long photography course that included hours every week of self directed time in the darkroom. While I won't claim mastery from the experience, I can say that darkroom "work" is much more simple than some might expect.

Incidentally, the hypothetical situation does not ring true. One would know their negative was good as soon as it was developed, you don't need to print first. Developing negatives isn't complicated. It's a simple matter of chemistry and time, and the formulas for such were included on every film package.

it wasn't even really worth developing your own film since it was so cheap just to get the film developed. Then you could do your own printing. The printing was the fun part.

You're also forgetting that instant photography has been around for ages. Everyone had a polariod in the 80's and some even used them for decent photography.

See here for example. (nudity warning)

star shooter wrote:

While it's sad to see the demise of film, chemicals and darkroom work, I wonder how many could master film as good as they do now with digital. Not many I reckon.

Digital has in many ways, allowed many more to ge into the art but it has also made us lazy too, in the way we expect an instant picture and if we don't like we take another.

But let's roll back to a time when you had no idea if the image was good until the film was developed and fix then inspected under the enlarger. Back then those who could take on a job and produce results and when a prof. photog. was in great demand, are all gone.

In a world that expects instant results, digital photography has unfortunately, created a race of mind-sets that after a few takes, they go about calling themselves 'prof. photographers' How pathetic.

Look how the wedding photog. industry has suffered from el cheapo digital shutterbugs. More and more of the profession is being lost to those who think because they have a wiz bang setup, they're God's gift to the art. How pathetic.

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