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By Konrad Eek | Friday, March 20, 2015

Darkroom Equipment: Everything You Need and Where to Get It

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The rise of digital cameras has spurred a surprising trend: The return to analog and black-and-white photography.

Sure, digital photography gives us amazing power and control, but there’s something irresistible about creating a tangible artifact of captured light that you’ve translated—through chemistry—into a work of art. Also, I’d argue that the luster, finish, and depth of tone of digital black-and-white prints can’t compare to those of gelatin silver prints.

Did you know that many of the tools you see in Photoshop every day are based on traditional darkroom techniques?

My new course Setting Up a Home Darkroom shows you how to create your own darkroom to make old-school-style prints.

In this article, I’ll help you decide what darkroom equipment you need, where to get it, and how to get the most for your money.

By Konrad Eek | Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Great Reasons for Shooting Film (Yes, Film). Give It a Try!

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When I began my formal study of photography, Minolta had just introduced an auto focus 35mm SLR, and you had to master exposure and chemical film and print processing to get a great photo.

The digital revolution has made it difficult to get a bad result with any type of camera these days—and if you do, Photoshop cures most ills. I confess to doing virtually all my professional work with a digital camera.

However, there are still great reasons for taking the time to learn the traditional process of shooting film. Here are five of them:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Selectively convert photos to black and white

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Selective color adjustment is almost as old as photography. It was just 20 years after photography was officially “born” in 1839, that photographers started hand-painting images. Today selective colorization is easy for anyone to achieve with digital tools like Photoshop. Instead of recoloring areas of a monochrome image, you desaturate a color image, masking the portions you wish to remain in color. Deke shows you how in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

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