The Dark Room: How Photography Used To Be

Photography today is far from what it used to be. It seems that for the most part, technology has perfected shots such that photographers can afford to make more mistakes with their DSLR cameras. Before, everything was more deliberate, not to mention cumbersome.

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Back in the day, the magic was done within the confines of a dark room. The reason the darkness was crucial to developing good pictures is that it allowed for processing of the light-sensitive materials. One mistake in lighting could impact the processing of the whole film, and consequently, the final product itself.

An essential tool that made developing photographs successful is the enlarger. This mainly magnified the image that has been captured on film, which then made it larger so that the details could be transferred onto a photographic sheet medium. This took time to create, and it had to be handled with utmost care.

Then the final print had to be treated with all sorts of chemicals. This was the final step to revealing whether or not the shot taken was a success.

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Today, the process has been eliminated entirely. Most of the digital generation of photographers only have to be mindful of taking as many shots as they can, through which they can choose from a variety of shots. From the standpoint of a photographer from the film age, this can be just little challenging to adapt to, but maybe not too much to handle.

Hello, I’m Keith W. Springer. I was working as a photographer long before the DSLR came out. During the days of film, I spent a lot of time in the darkroom making sure that my pictures came out the way I wanted them to. To read more about film photography, visit this page.


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