Besides "Can you tell me how to use the functions on my digital camera?",this is the number one question that people ask me.
Here's why it is important for students to learn chemical photography:
• Students acquire an understanding of how to use MANUAL functions of a camera for desired results (when auto functions won’t work- night, motion, etc)
•Students learn the value of "doing it right the first time", rather than snapping away and relying on post-processing. Some events will only happen once, and the photographer needs to know how to capture it before the moment ends!
•Darkroom instruction teaches diligence and attention to detail, as well as exercising focus and critical thinking skills.
•Fine art photography can incorporate different artistic and chemical processes to enhance the photographic image.
•It’s applied chemistry!
•Most university Photography programs require the mastery of darkroom techniques BEFORE moving on to digital. Many of the tools in Photoshop and Lightroom have origins in darkroom technques.
•It is HANDS ON! Don’t our students spend enough time in front of the computer?
•When photography became more common, some thought that painting would fade away. Instead, it became a more expressive form of art. Darkroom photography is in an art form in itself!
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