If you have a background in darkroom photography, you know the painstaking processes you must endure to create a pleasing image. As time has passed and technology has grown, the days of spending time at an enlarger dodging and burning have been replaced by a few clicks of the mouse. This transition offers extremely precise results but can also compromise some of the “happy accidents” that can occur while processing photographs by hand. However, in the computer driven era that we live in, “Photoshop” has now become our “digital darkroom.”
Back when film photography was the only type of photography, the processes needed to create photographs required a lot of time, expensive equipment, and preparation. In darkroom photography, you needed to select your film type, exposure, and process prior to even taking the pictures. Now with Photoshop, color images can become black and white and black and white can become sepia toned. This amount of flexibility allows photographers to use their photographs in various ways. Photoshop has also changed the process of taking photos. Photographers no longer have to bracket images because the exposure can be easily altered in Photoshop. Within Photoshop, the need for a vast collection of filters is eliminated because contrast can be manipulated within the program. Photoshop has many other tools that can make any image taken with a camera into a photograph to be proud of.
Today, Photoshop has become an essential tool to be utilized in digital photography. Its ability to alter images and correct minor flaws has really changed the future of modern photography. Photographers can process images without having to own or have use of a darkroom. Photoshop has made photography less stressful and more readily available to many people who were scared away by the darkroom techniques of film photography. This is why Photoshop has been dubbed the “digital darkroom.”
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