Originally Posted by StoneNYC
I appreciate the conversation. Thanks!
I have an enlarger, and I use it occasionally, but I think that even most film photographers today won't have access to an enlarger without a huge commitment from the start. Hybrid approaches open new opportunities for people to get into film/analog photography without a big investment in a darkroom and an enlarger. Perhaps some of those people with move on to darkroom printing. Others may do contact printing with digital negatives; while others may just scan and print with modern technology. For me, the big difference is still how the various films and older "imperfect" lenses give a character to the image that is still hard to achieve with a modern digital camera and software (though people do try with some success). That's what the workshop is about. I don't personally find as much satisfaction or difference printing with an enlarger. My inkjet prints are almost indistinguishable to my darkroom prints. If I want something that doesn't look perfect, then it's VanDyke, Platinum or another alternative process.
But it IS nice to know that APUG (and the Large Format Photography Forum) is a refuge for the very traditional methods, that's why I joined. I don't know if I've ever visited DPUG...