Photoshop……so much for so little

10 Jan

In the old days developing film was done in labs or bedrooms converted to labs (different to the labs found in houses with all sorts of chemicals, dishes and containers. There was a sort of magical alchemy about the whole process and as the film developed you would see the result of all this effort, probably shot days earlier and with no chance of repeating the image. It was exciting, frustrating, joyous and disappointing all at the same time. When people came to the house they had that look on their faces that said “wow, he knows those secrets..clever”.

Well, it’s all gone now, except for a few studios with shipping containers full of cheap stock, enthusiasts, and a some arty studios that keep the magic alive. For the rest of use digital has meant instant review and if necessary reshoot and processing at the workstation without the need for a sink, tongs or rubber gloves ( there are some that miss the rubber gloves ?? ).

Photoshop has enabled even children to process digital images to a high standard and the presets embedded in all versions provide quick and easy ways to lift an image. Even professionals use some of the presets or purchase actions that are applied in less time that it takes to make a coffee.

Sometimes I miss the old ways, but then I remember the cost, the clean up so on and so on, and realise that as much as it seemed so very cool in those days, the digital darkroom is so much for so little.

The following image was converted from a full colour shot to this ” in vogue ” sepia tone with five key strokes which took about 30 seconds.

One Response to “Photoshop……so much for so little”

  1. thewanderlust January 10, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    how interesting- i posted a far, far briefer post just now, with essentially the same sentiment. the nostalgia of time in the dark room seems all but lost with the ease of digital manipulation…sad!

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