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Hey, welcome! Here we are, on location, at the Brooks Institute darkroom. And in this chapter, we're going to be talking about burning and dodging. And I thought it'd be interesting to talk about this topic within the context of the darkroom, so let's go ahead and head on in. Come on. Let's go. Here were are in the Brooks darkroom, and in this context, this is really where all the magic takes place, where we create and make images in a pretty interesting way. Now in the digital context, some of the times what happens is we learn burning or dodging or another technique like that, and some of my students say, Chris that's kind of easy.
And I say, well sure it is easy, especially comparatively to what we did before, but it's easy in the sense that it's kind of easy to make a sound from a piano. You simply push a key and you get a sound. But to make music? Think about it for a second. We have to think about burning and dodging in this larger historical context. When we're working with enlargers or different devices to block the light or to allow the light through, that really required more. It was an art and a craft. So here's what you and I need to do. We need to go beyond technique.
We need to learn the technique, of course. But then what we want to do is push that further and turn it into style and aesthetic, so that we can create even more compelling and engaging photographs.
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