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

Started Jul 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Mark Smith Veteran Member • Posts: 6,336
Re: Film Photography: How any could masrer film and darkroom work?

bford wrote:

that's still up to you though. Retouching photos can also be a distracting and endless pit for a photography business.

Hardly up to me! 25 years ago the amount of clients asking to open eyes or slim the bride down was close to zero.

Now the client is fully aware of Photoshop and what can be done, those things can and are a real time sink for todays proffessional.

it''s your business, you can do whatever you want.

LOL eh no!

The reason I have a business is because I give the customers what they want!

Not a fair comparison since there was no analog equivalent of stitching panoramas.

We did that a few times. You could take several shots and print them cutting and aligning and mount on board. After that you would copy them in the studio on 8x10 film.

I remember doing a huge one from several negatives of Hong Kong Harbour at night with fireworks for the reception backdrop of a large company–so there very much was/is an analogue version of panoramic stitching.

i'm sure that involved far fewer steps than the example provided. those using 8x10 in their darkroom were also a very small minority.

Possibly depending on how many negatives to had to combine, possibly there were few using 8x10 but that's a country mile from "no analogue equivalent" as you suggested

Nope, you could never truly seamlessly stitch with analog as you can digitally.

Yes you could, just you don't know how–don't confuse your lack of knowledge with something not being possible, I have stitched in the darkroom 40feet wide pano's from different negs–no one could tell even with a Lupe.

(for a clue google photographic masking)

Now it's easier to do digitally but many people (look at some of John Hedgecoe's) could put dozens of negatives together without you being able to tell.

This was common in Victorian times, sometimes a dozen negs!

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