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4. In the Dark

leura cascades, 1999

Some photographers - including some well respected fine art B&W landscape photographers - no longer use a darkroom for printing. They may still record the image on film using LF cameras (digital capture just doesn't provide the requisite quality) but once the film has been developed they scan the negative/positive, and then enter the digital domain to manipulate and output/print. I see the attraction of that approach - some of the digital editing tools available are fantastic. And I would probably head down that route if I was shooting a lot of colour images. But for black-and-white work, I've yet to find a convenient, affordable printing process that gives me the quality and "look" of a print from my darkroom. I therefore still use traditional wet darkroom procedures for all my printing.

Here you'll find links to some pages discussing various aspects of what happens "in the darkroom".

You can navigate back to this page at any time by clicking the "dark" button on the menu to the left (click on the "Technical Notes" button first if it is visible), or you can navigate through the pages by clicking the "next" button at the bottom of each page.

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