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Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by RattyMouse, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. RattyMouse

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    Folks, the amount of help freely given here is staggering. As a newcomer returning to film, I have a LOT to learn. In the short time I've been here, the amount of generosity shown is incredible, as is the knowledge. So I did something I never ever did before. I subscribed to a free web site! Just a way to say THANK YOU to APUG.org and THANK YOU to fellow fans of film!
     
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    Good on ya! Hopefully others will be inspired by your action. It's a pitifully small amount of money for the heaps of information and the camaraderie available here.
     
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    The information and knowledge expressed on this forum is second to none. I have only just joined it and so far all of it is positive.
    I am a 'dyed in the wool' film photographer who has tried digital partially because of my home circumstances, but when I went back to B&W and then Colour the amount of skill I had lost was and to some extent, staggering! I am in fact still on a upward learning curve,(again). I have the knowledge but putting it into practice is harder than I remember it first time around.

    What it must be like for a newcomer to take up the hobby in the darkroom must be a bit daunting. When I started everyone who was keen enough, used a d/room and there was always help at hand for advice and assistance. Now we have to rely on places like this to proceed. Keep it up.
     
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    Ratty - Great to hear! I also hope your note causes others to reflect and join as a Subscriber too!


    ...now get in that Gallery and let's see some pictures! Fun times in there!
     
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    Hear, hear!
     
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    Just try not to take too much information from here.

    As much as I support APUG and participate in the forums, I would say the "information age" is a double-edged sword, and one of the major reasons why this hobby can appear so daunting to a potential newcomer.

    Before all this, you could start with some simple books by Kodak or the Time Life series, follow the directions from Kodak, Ilford etc, learn the basics and go from there, progressing as required/desired. Maybe you took a class. But there was a certain level of beneficial ignorance (if there is such a thing), at least at the outset, regarding the endless, excrutiating minutia(e) of the process. Problems were solved along the way as they were encountered.

    Enter the internet. Now a beginner can find all the million-and-one details to sort out and problems to solve, before even starting out. Indeed, one might get the impression analog photography involves a nearly impossible craft. Add to this the very murky mixture of information and disinformation.

    My advice to the beginner would be to use these forums sparingly, as a way to reach out to people when you encounter a specific problem.
     
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    Thanks Rat !

    I've been here almost three years.

    Fortunately, or unfortunately I am addicted to APUG.
    I've tried other photography forums, but they just didn't feel right ...

    I'm assuming that there are so many people that can not afford to contribute.
    That's why I decided to subscribe.

    Enjoy The Day !

    Ron
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    Thanks for subscribing to help keep the forum up and running! Every little bit helps.
     
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    Yep. Yep.
    Although I don't post much I have learned a lot from reading threads here on APUG. When I have posted questions I have always been impressed by the amount of great information I get back.

    FILM FOREVER!!
     
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    Thanks for the support, we should all be helping out. When you look at the price of magazine subscriptions and consider you can get "custom articles" by asking a question, answered almost in real time, this site is hard to beat.
     
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    My very best mentor always says: If you really want to learn the darkroom process from film exposure to finished print, lock yourself in a darkroom with bulk rolls of Tri-X, gallons of D-76, a solid supply of Grade 2 paper (or just a Grade 2 filter), and Dektol. Do over until you like what you see. Then shoot a few hundred more pictures and print them all. Not until then is it time to get fancy and try different developers and such, because you won't know enough to fully appreciate the differences.
    But that advice doesn't work anymore... Anyway, I digress...

    RattyMouse - Good for you. The community appreciates your support.
     
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    And special thanks to PE! There should be a Photo Engineer appreciation post!
     
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    NO DOUBT!! (Caps intentional)
     
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    +1

    Completely agree.
     
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    Ratty, I will humbly accept your thanks.