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Article by Photography tutor Kobus Schoeman start.

I’m fortunate to have lived through a tiny part of the photography evolution – making the transition from film to digital in 2004. But my passion for photography was kindled in the sixties at primary school, while growing up in London. I joined the photography club where we had loads of fun. The most fascinating of which was getting to grips with developing the negatives and making prints in the darkroom.

Those days there weren’t that many photography courses around. Many would-be photographers at the time had to study the craft by reading, self-learning and doing as many studio assist jobs as possible. As a young adult my passion for photography was revived when I bought a decent Single Reflex Lens (SLR) while travelling in the US. This took my shooting to new levels and I started experimenting with colour and studio photography.

It took quite a bit of relearning after setting up my own darkroom. Shooting on film and processing your images in the darkroom you were compelled to get your head around the technicalities of ASA (film speed – ISO in the digital age), aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed. Nowadays you can do a short photography course with hands-on tutoring, getting to grips with these creative technicalities.

I recall my darkroom sessions which followed a shoot. These labours quickly inspired any photographer to understand the exposure triangle. You also experienced first-hand how image quality was determined by film speed. How to combine different paper textures with varying film speed negatives.

With the dawn of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras the creative reach for photographers has broadened immensely. Just by using the creative settings on your camera a range of in-camera processing is already at work, which makes printing straight from the camera possible. Added to this comes the phenomenon of powerful mobile phone applications which produce images similar to the look and feel which used to be achieved after hours of dark room labouring.

But, with the darkroom moving into the PC or Mac cyberspace, serious photographers are now having lots of fun with creative software to process beloved images. It doesn’t take much to get a handle on the more user-friendly software packages. However, a short or more intense photography course could get any keen photographer fairly competent within a few sessions.

We’re truly living in a wonderful age. I believe any photographer who has made the journey through film processing and printing to the current exciting era of digital post processing will agree that we’re most fortunate to have been part of it.

With the dawn of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras the creative reach for photographers has broadened immensely. Just by using the creative settings on your camera a range of in-camera processing is already at work, which makes printing straight from the camera possible. Added to this comes the phenomenon of powerful mobile phone applications which produce images similar to the look and feel which used to be achieved after hours of dark room labouring.

But, with the darkroom moving into the PC or Mac cyberspace, serious photographers are now having lots of fun with creative software to process beloved images. It doesn’t take much to get a handle on the more user-friendly software packages. However, a short or more intense photography course could get any keen photographer fairly competent within a few sessions.

We’re truly living in a wonderful age. I believe any photographer who has made the journey through film processing and printing to the current exciting era of digital post processing will agree that we’re most fortunate to have been part of it.


If you’d like to learn more – have a look at the many great photography training opportunities offered at Bring Your Own Camera.

 

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