Originally Posted by JJGRT5
Originally Posted by yamakazi18
Originally Posted by jrdnsrnss
Originally Posted by JJGRT5
anyone here actually have a darkroom in their home, and do the processing with all the chemicals? Im thinking of making one in my parents house.
Probaby a very small amount if any, majority of the people here, myself including, use digital over film.
i have a small setup for B&W. it's basically for experimenting fun, since it's pretty cheap to set one up; i still do all my printing at professional labs for actual work. it's a lot more expensive if you want to set up a color lab though.Apollo XXXIII
-love the pics man, the vignetting adds to the subdued colors, gives it a grungy atmosphere, which imo is what NYC is all about. reminds me of some fuji reala film in the way that the reds pop nicely with subdued browns/oranges. are these digital?
Whats the major difference in cost of equipment/chemicals between B&w and color? Im currently only doing B&W because my teacher says it gets mad complicated with the temperature of the chemicals for color, and we wouldn't have enough time in one period to do t all. Maybe its just be, but I love being able to take the pics I take and process them myself, I love it when i can say I took them, processed the film, enlarged the negatives, and processed the paper
I'll answer this cause I'm not sure I know of anyone here has any experience doing darkroom color film developing/processing.
- Processing color film, literally is cheaper having it send off and getting it done professionally than buying the chemicals to do it yourself, wholly aside from it being quite the task. B/W film processing is quite easy and you could buy everything to do maybe 20 rolls of 35mm for maybe $30. And obviously you'd have the reel and tanks to do future rolls as well.
- Color darkroom photography without a processor (an R-4) is insanity. I've done it and it's ridiculous there is way too much going to on to produce a good image and in my experience it's just a lot of work for very little payoff, it's mostly task built on simply saying you've done the task if you will… You can't produce real amounts/quality work with it. With a processor (an R-4) still time consuming and far more a technical and precise task than like B/W darkroom and you can clearly produce quality images. But ultimately it's not the most time effective/quality method of producing color film photography.
- If you're serious about film photography scanning is the way to go with digital darkroom prints via a light jet printer usually called a Lambda. It basically uses lasers to emit the light of the scanned film image (technically you can print digital that way too but it looks like ##%%) on to color darkroom photography paper and then is run through a processor (usually the same R-4 as mentioned above).
- The problem with darkroom photo development is that while digital photography will probably never or at least not for decades get you the image quality (in a number of respects) of high end films with medium and large format cameras, the film scanner (drum and simulated drum scanners) has surpassed what the enlarger can produce as far as sharpness and enlargement wholly aside from what digital manipulation can allow you. Along with the time consumption of printing photographs in a darkroom and then having to spot them etc. whereas scanned you scan then digitally dust/correct and then print and you're live. And with digital c-prints you're getting virtually the same output as far as materially just high resolution and sharpness.