I have disagreed with many of your comments in the past, although I have not publicly disagreed with them on the board.
However, now that I really strongly agree with what you have said below I feel compelled to say it publicly.
I am teaching an 8-week course in beginning photography as an adjunct professor starting in May. The first section of the course will be digital and the emphasis will be on learning how to *see* and *make photographs*. The last section will be on learning how to use a manual film camera, process and print the images.
Hopefully by the time they get to the film camera, the ideas and theory of composition, light, thought process, etc., will have settled into their brains.
When we move into the darkroom it is my opinion that it will be a better experience because they won't be confused with the thinking part of photography and can concentrate on the mechanical part of photography.
Anyhow, that's how I've proposed to teach the class, and the faculty is recieving it extremely well. We'll see how the students do.
Originally Posted by blansky