Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the reasons you may want a home darkroom, part of Analog Photography: Setting Up a Home Darkroom.
- You may ask yourself why you would want to bother with a darkroom in this age of digital photography, with the amazing power and control that all the digital tools give you. I think there's a host of reasons. First and probably foremost is the creation of this tangible artifact of captured light that you've translated through chemistry into a work of art that you can share with people. I think there is also an argument to be made that digital black and white prints do not compare to a gelatin silver print in terms of luster, depth of tone, and finish.
I think it's good to connect to the craft of photography, the hands-on aspect of creating a print in a darkroom. I think as we go into this you'll realize that many of the tools that you see in Photoshop every day are based on traditional darkroom techniques. You may be returning to something that you did when you were younger, an art that you put aside for a while because it wasn't convenient, because you didn't have a place to do it. Or maybe your introduction to photography was in our current digital world and you'd like to explore the traditional process.
It may be you've come across a family archive, some old negatives that you'd like to see prints from. You'll find that it's really easy to set up a home darkroom, and surprisingly affordable, and in this course we're gonna take you through all the steps to get back to the magic of black and white printing.
In this course, photographer and educator Konrad Eek builds on his Shooting and Processing Black-and-White Film course to show the equipment, steps, and techniques involved in setting up a darkroom and making your own prints. From essential gear and setup considerations to processing techniques, this course is a complete introduction to the pleasures of black-and-white printing.