Barriers to Digital


Canon 5D camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series lens Canon 5D camera and Canon 24mm f1.4 L series Aspherical lens

I'm really glad that I no longer make prints in darkrooms. I'm old enough to remember the romance of the darkroom. It was that long ago. Yet not so long ago that I forget the many hours standing in either total or near darkness, on hard floors in a fixer-scented room. As a consequence I've taken my darkroom skills, together with a pretty critical eye, along the path we now call digital imaging. It's fantastic!

Actually I don't enjoy the cameras and lenses anywhere near as much as my film-fed Hasselblad and Leica cameras - long live our Swedish and German friends. It's not so much that I love working at the desktop as I recognise the workflow advantages hard drives (storage and retrieval) and software applications (image organization, processing and output) like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop provide us. Because of the accessibility and day-to-day low cost (as opposed to the initial cost) of digital imaging, I can now work on images practically everyday. It does require real discipline, but it's so much easier to incorporate many computer-related tasks into everyday life, even if that means tapping away while kicking back on the couch. The darkroom, on the other hand, often lay unvisited for months on end.

Glenn Guy