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  1. Vestal

    Vestal TPF Noob!

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    ...darkroom manipulation of black and white is fine but digital manipulation is sort of frowned upon?
     
  2. voodoocat

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    frowned upon by who? There are some "purists" out there but I don't think there is a single regular at this forum that frowns on digital manipulation. In the end it's the image that matters and if it looks good who gives a flying f#@% how you achieved it.
     
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    My only problem is, for example...say someone wants lens flare in the image...but they don't do it in camera, but they do it in photoshop..that pisses me off. that kind of thing i frown upon. but not fixing colour because it's not that easy in camera because sometimes, the outide lightning just doesn't like you every day etc. or adding things like a butterfly...butterlies can't be tamed.... and I don't know about you, but I just don't have that kind of luck.

    you can say the same thing about filters too.
     
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    Personally I dont frown on digital manipulation at all, I kinda just sit there in awe. The only difference, is that darkroom manipulation in the long run might not be as easy, cos theres no undo button.
     
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    There's no undo button, but you can develop from the same negative as many times as you want. If you screw up you can always try again. Just takes longer than hitting undo :p
     
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    A lens flare added in photoshop does not look realistic so to most people (including me) it just looks stupid. Compositing images is not an easy chore. It takes a lot of work to make a believable photo. When it looks fake, it looks cheesy IMO.
     
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    Well, I think the methods, techniques, and general path to your end product are extremely important, but I don't think there is one route/method that is overall and for everyone better than another.

    The definition of "fine art" is art that has no other purpose than to look good. Much photography produced by both film and digital methods doesn't fit this definition, or maybe the definition doesn't fit the photos.

    Here is a big part of the attitude you are describing: one of digital photography's strongest feature is convenience, while traditional darkroom work is not considered particularly convenient. Overall folks perceive more difficulty overcome as higher quality; it's BS, but that's the way it goes. Digital can get around this by being very expensive. Overall cash money eventually trumps all :lol:

    Does any of this really matter? Absolutely not. Do what you need to do, and don't worry about what anyone else says. The most important piece of equipment is you the photographer.

    The first thing I do to any camera I get, digital or film, is install a dial that goes up to 11. Then I can just say "Hey man, I shot this at 11. My camera goes up to 11!" :headbang:
     
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    Probably the same reason the "traditional" artists banned photographers. Just sheer ignorance. Having spent quite alot of time in a darkroom (both color and black & white) I tend to view photoshop as being very similar to a darkroom, just without the chemicals and safelights. :)
     
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    Love the spinal tap reference :lol:
     
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    It is, now... Once the digital transition is complete, and film is just an "alternative technique" practiced by arty nuts like myself, the designers and engineers will be able to break away from 100+ years of film photography. The software and techniques will change radically. Just think of how film influences camera design. All of the DSLRs are designed around a camera body shaped to take roll film. They could be all sorts of new shapes. Stashed in your sunglasses or forehead.

    How long until motion pic cams are so good that photographers just roll all day, and sort out the good pics later. Some people will still produce better images than others, and they will compete with the old ways, and when this sort of change appears there will be plenty of old fogies bitching about how the new technology isn't as "fine" or real as good old digital still photography.

    But it will still be photography.
     
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    The same steps - burning, dodging, lightening, darkening and contrast manipulation are done both in the darkroom and with PS. Matt has a lot of good points but for me personally, digital gave me a renewed interest in film and photography in general. I know that sounds funny but after years of just "tinkering" (I gave up shooting professionally years ago), I find myself buying darkroom equipment, film in bulk, signing up for workshops & learning how to us PS. Digital and PS hasn't changed the amount of time that I spend composing photos. Digital's biggest impact on me is that it has helped me to love photography again. It's been a long time since I have enjoyed (and experimented) with photography like this.
     
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    Ditto to that, Spinal Tap is one of the best movies of all time!

    I've always thought that Photoshop was the equilivient to a digital darkroom. I've never really understoond the debate of whether to use editing software for photos. It would be like taking the standard shot of the negative and not using darkroom techniques to enhance it. You crop with an enlarger, change the contrast, etc.
     

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