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

MatsP wrote:

I have no statistics but my impression from travelling in the US, Canada and lots of European countries before the digital era is that Polaroid caneras were much more common among Americans than others. In my own country they were not very popular. People here used Instamatic or film compacts.

You traveled to America and Canada, but you didn't travel to every European country. You spoke of Europe as if it was somehow a country. Did you also travel to those countries in Europe with the purpose of gauging Polaroid use? As far as I know Polaroid was popular around the world. It filled a photographic niche that is not defined by borders, immediacy of results. That appealed to anyone. Even serious and professional photographers liked fooling around with Polaroids.

Regarding making enlarged prints: It's not very difficult make one technically. But I know of many talented and renown photographers who didn't trust their own skills but gladly handed over the print making to specialists to get the best out of their photos. One example is Christer Strömholm.

sure. Just saying darkroom printing is not difficult. It's just time consuming. It requires a lot of patience and discipline, something most younger people of today do not have.

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