Howdy friends. This is a continuation of last months article on printing. I know most, if not all of you have heard the statement, “it’s been photoshopped”… Like it's some kind of plague or something. Did I ever hear "it’s been dark-roomed” back in the day? No I did not, however just like today, almost every image had some form of darkroom or development magic performed upon it then, and nothing has changed, except the perceptions of the laymen.
Please remember… that develop and print lab you took your images to, wanted to see you come back for repeat work. You can absolutely bet (and I know this for sure , cuz I been there) that a lot of imagery was “dark-roomed” in the past, so you would come back to that lab again, and again. I mean after all… they did the best work with your images didn’t they? (big friggin' grin on my face here)
Plenty of people have placed their tripod legs in the same divots as Ansel Adams, using the same camera and film, yet no one has duplicated his work. There are some that have come close, however they have not really done it. The reason why? The countless upon countless hours Ansel spent in the darkroom perfecting the look he wanted for his work, that’s why. And with way less of a camera than you might have now, I should ad.
Back in the day if you truly wished to become a master photographer, you had to take complete control of all the aspects necessary to set your work apart from the countless other Photographers out there who were just as “good” as you were. Well folks… nothing has changed. Read on.
Now, what has changed is the myriad of things we can do with a digital image, that we could not do in the film days. Ever wonder how those young whippersnapper Photographers got so good so fast, these days? I mean really… you might have been shooting for over fifty years! How’d these young kids get so good with so little experience? The computer! That’s how! They’ve grown up with it. You might be tryin’ to figure that part of the process out. Education that’s what we all need! And we need it everyday.
Well now we have digital imagery my friends, and if you really wish to be good and take control of all aspects of your work, you still need to be good in the darkroom my friends… and the darkroom now a days is your computer editing station. So… you would like to have those blue ribbon award winning images, right? You might be tired of hearing the judges every month remark so much on contrast, or flat images, or lots of other “faults.”
Do you wish to get really good with your Photography? The first place to start is with your own passion for your art and the tenacity you impart upon learning every aspect of your camera, editing that work in your digital darkroom, then spending some serious money on many serious prints. 'Cuz trust me. When your cold hard cash leaves your fingers? You are going to want nothing but the best back in that print, and you will learn far more rapidly to attain that goal. Remember, Ansel said, “you don't take a photograph, you make it”
Now that summer is here and the Wedding and Graduation season is coming to a close I’ll have the time to do a more advanced seminar on Lightroom next month, so keep an eye on your inbox. As always, thanks for reading.