Digital vs Analog Darkroom

 In these past 9 years I certainly have spent my fair share of time in both the digital darkroom as well as the analog darkroom. I just thought of an obvious and stupid difference between the two. Typically, in a traditional darkroom, you stand at your enlarger and after you have made a print, you walk to the chemicals and process your image then and repeat and make a few hundred more because for some reason you hate money… In the digital darkroom, however, you sit at a computer and edit your image and then print it literally an arms-reach (in most cases) away from where you sit. It’s like the digital darkroom is physically making photographers lazy. Even the act of using a digital camera is way less work than a film camera. It literally saves you hours of time just by recording your images on a little storage card. While you’re in the digital darkroom, you also don’t have to worry about accidentally turning a light on and throwing your hard earned cash down the toilet. Even though the analog darkroom gives you a better connection to the past, is traditional, and a little more heart healthy than printing digitally, I definitely prefer and am thankful for the advances on camera technology–it has made photo a little more accessible to those who truly enjoy it. 

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