Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 70,207   Posts: 1,531,904   Online: 1165
      
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    NW GA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    8

    is learning how to development worth it?

    i have been seriously taking pictures for the last year, i asked for a camera for my 16th birthday and am really liking it. then my aunt gave me some old developing equipment (enlarger, easel, ect). if i were wanting to persue photography as a carreer, should i learn how to use this stuff?
    Last edited by snowfooled; 04-20-2006 at 10:50 AM. Click to view previous post history.

  2. #2
    Dave Parker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    4,049
    I think it is always a good skill to have a strong knowledge of how the whole process works, and darkroom work is very satisfying for many different reasons, this does not mean as you grow up that the darkroom would always be part of your activities, but with the knowledge and skills to do it, you will always be able to make pictures. I would recommend learning the darkroom, I found knowing the darkroom stuff actually helps me make better images.

    Dave

  3. #3
    BWGirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Wisconsin, USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,050
    Images
    18
    Quote Originally Posted by snowfooled
    i have been seriously taking pictures for the last year, i asked for a camera for my 16th birthday and am really liking it. then my aunt gave me some old developing equipment (enlarger, easel, ect). if i were wanting to persue photography as a carreer, should i learn how to use this stuff?

    This is a tricky question to answer... since many (but not all) of us here develop our own negatives (at a minimum) and develop our own prints, we will almost all respond that this is "true" photography and you should "pursue" it. I am in [B]total [/B] agreement with them!

    You, however, asked if knowing how to use a darkroom is an essential element to a career in photography... not sure it is now. BUT, if your aunt gave you that stuff, odds are pretty good she knows how to use it, and would be in 7th heaven if you expressed an interest in it & asked for her help.

    Cripe, I spend a great deal of time trying to convert various young people from the lure of instant gratification (digi-click-click-click) to the pure wonder of a print created by your own two hands from negatives you developed yourself.

    It may not be a "career path", but by george, it's one hell of a good time!
    Jeanette
    .................................................. ................
    Isaiah 25:1

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Milwaukee, Wi
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    3,242
    Jeanette, who is this George that shows you such a hell of a good time?
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

  5. #5
    BWGirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Wisconsin, USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,050
    Images
    18
    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Senft
    Jeanette, who is this George that shows you such a hell of a good time?
    Ermmmm.... did I say george??? I erm... meant bill... yeah, bill!
    Jeanette
    .................................................. ................
    Isaiah 25:1

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    NW GA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    8
    well the equipment was my aunts ex boyfriends... so i will have to find some one else to help me. i must agree the the "digi click click" is a major contributing factor to the slow film industry decline =(
    where is a good place to make a darkroom? i was thinking of putting up a couple layers of black cloth in my garage and then doing it at night. but first see if it is actually light tight. any thoughts on this idea?

  7. #7
    jd callow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Milan
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    8,002
    Images
    117
    Jeanette, you party animal.


    Someone send snowfooled some D76...

    *

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    NW GA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    8
    Quote Originally Posted by mrcallow


    Someone send snowfooled some D76...
    D67? whats that?

  9. #9
    Bob F.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    London
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,984
    Images
    19
    Quote Originally Posted by snowfooled
    well the equipment was my aunts ex boyfriends... so i will have to find some one else to help me. i must agree the the "digi click click" is a major contributing factor to the slow film industry decline =(
    where is a good place to make a darkroom? i was thinking of putting up a couple layers of black cloth in my garage and then doing it at night. but first see if it is actually light tight. any thoughts on this idea?
    This is probably a workable idea for printing, although you may find problems with dust getting on the negatives in the enlarger, but no reason not to give it a try. The other favorite location for a 1st darkroom is the bathroom as you have water and drainage available and, being a small room, it is usually fairly easy to make light-tight (a bit of a pain if it contains the only lavatory for the whole family though!).

    Developing film in a daylight tank (which is the most common method) only requires complete darkness while you load the film on to the reels and place them in the tank: once the lid is on the tank, you do the rest in daylight. Some people load the film inside a changing bag if they do not have a place to use as a darkroom.

    Look at this thread (http://www.apug.org/forums/forum43/10966-darkroom-portraits.html) - most show purpose built darkrooms but there are some ingenious ideas for squeezing a darkroom space in to bathrooms and cupboards etc too.

    If you go to the Ilford website at (http://www.ilfordphoto.com/applications/page.asp?n=9) there are files you can download and read about the basics in developing and printing.


    Good luck, Bob.

    P.S. D76 is the ubiquitous film developer from Kodak...

  10. #10
    David Brown's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    near Dallas, TX USA
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    3,276
    Images
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by snowfooled
    ... should i learn how to use this stuff?
    Yes.
    David
    Taking pictures is easy. Making photographs is hard.

    http://www.behance.net/silverdarkroom
    http://silverdarkroom.wordpress.com

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin