Darkroom vs. Digital Photography

(Part 2)


Photosites detect the intensity of the light not the colour, so as an amendment most cameras use filtering to detect at the three primary colours of light (RGB). The camera then combines the three colours to create the full spectrum of light to mimic colour for the desired image.
There are copious advantages to using darkroom photography, and as such there are numerous faults as well. Some professional and amateur photographers enjoy film photography more because to them it’s more personal and has more meaning if developed and captured traditionally.

There is also the plus of having wider array of colours and tones. The tonal range of is better than that of a digital camera as it uses an effective analogue medium allowing it to produce unlimited grades of light and dark shades. The colours in the scene seen in the lens are mimicked more realistically with film cameras than digital cameras as they tend to over expose the captured image. Because digital cameras don’t use analogous system of colours, colours and shades such as white and black are shown to an extreme to the point where light colours are over exposed and highlighted, and darker colours are under exposed. The over exposure of light colours in a picture are known as being ‘blown out’.

Even if the photographer isn’t using colour in the composition, the traditional crisp look of black and white photography is making a come back in the professional field. Black and white photography offers more crisp images that have more texture and has no distraction of colour. It gives the image a much desired old and sophisticated appeal making it timeless.
Film cameras are better for making adjustments to size, particularly with enlargement. Unlike with most digital cameras, adjustments to size can be made to the image without the resolution being compromised.

Film cameras are also give better quality to long exposed pictures without losing quality. Most digital cameras when taking pictures over a long amount exposure tend to either have what is called ‘blown out colours’ or there are white dots scattered haphazardly in some areas of the photo.

With many advantages, there are always disadvantages waiting to emerge from the surface. There wouldn’t be much argument and controversy about the compromised quality to the two mediums of photography if one didn’t have its skeletons in the closet.

One of the most predominant arguments is the cost of darkroom developing and its health hazards. With the many chemical being used there is always room for mistakes and with mistakes comes accidents. Granting that the health hazards are nothing seriously life threatening, the overpowering fumes of the chemicals, bad reactions to skin tissue unequivocally puts a damper on photography’s original method of choice.

Although both methods are popular in the professional and amateur world of photography, expensive materials such as enlargers, chemicals, washers, dryers, etc. are difficult to acquire. It is also expensive to display images as they are mostly showcased in galleries, shows, events, etc. Otherwise, they can be scanned and relegated to a computer, consequently losing some quality when converted to pixels.

As well, it is not expected that there will be enough advancement in the ancient practise that there will be much advancement in film photography development. It’s not as popular as the newly emerging digital camera technology, so it will not be the focus of interest and improvement. Stats from CBC don’t offer much light to the darkening ages of film cameras as recent stats state that “90% of pro photographers use digital cameras”. Added that digital cameras tend to be easier for budding amateur photographers, there is not much popularity in the film camera fan box. Similar to the advancement of audio (from vinyl to CD), equipment for film cameras may become scarce to the point of it becoming obsolete.
Digital cameras are the new technology and all the rage amongst photographers of all experience, but they are not as ‘perfect’ as they are depicted to be, but very useful. The most essential advantage is convenience. The convenience of being able to store and delete pictures off memory cards, transfer pictures to a computer, easily modify images, etc are one of the main reasons the digital camera is becoming so successful in the photography market. The ability to transfer images to a computer gives access to a wide spectrum of possibilities such as displaying their photographs on the web, editing their images, integrating the photos into various other media, and more. Keeping an online gallery of images is easier and cheaper than having to display photos at fairs, or galleries, and it is also easier to organize. In addition, unlike the film camera, the pictures can be stored on the computer and backed up as an exact copy, whereas with darkroom developed photos they need to be scanned which compromises the resolution.

Just the same, the digital camera, like the film camera does have its imperfections or downsides. The three main disadvantages to digital photo developing are; high cost, technical support, and quality. Most digital cameras are fairly suitable for most, but as professionals and serious amateurs seek more advanced cameras with slightly more inclusive results. The cost of a camera of larger calibre than the automatic ones, tend to be more expensive, as are the more up-to-date software and hardware. Technical problems also usually play a large roll in most new technologies, such as paying for the high-quality ink for a printer.

Another flaw in digital cameras is that most take a few precious to start up and take the picture. Typically on most digital cameras there is more digital zoom than there is optical zoom, therefore the digital images tend to have lower resolution than those of a film camera. Another flaw in the digital camera image quality was the ‘blown out colours’. Blown out colours mean that the lighter shades tend to be overexposed because unlike film cameras, digital cameras do not use analogue colours