Figure 1. a) heoriginalcolorcaptureof Castelluccio, Italy. b) The straight conversion from RGB to grayscale results in drab tones. c) Using Photoshop’s Channel Mixer and curves results in a much-improved image.

A Transition from Darkroom to Digital

A photographer's experience offers insights for both silver and silicon users
written by: Dan Anderson

I think my darkroom credentials are pretty solid: I have been making traditional black-and-white prints to the highest standards that I am capable of producing from my large-format negatives for more than 25 years. I taught darkroom workshops for many years, demonstrating the numerous techniques and processes I have learned that enable me to get the look and feel I desire in my work. Yet some years ago, when a friend showed me some early digital prints, they impressed me greatly with their crisp detail and resolution, qualities that I have always valued highly in my work. He also showed Read more »

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A Transition from Darkroom to Digital

PHOTO Techniques, May/June 2007
written by: Dan Anderson

I think my darkroom credentials are pretty solid: I have been making traditional black-and-white prints to the highest standards that I am capable of producing from my large-format negatives for more than 25 years. I taught darkroom workshops for many years, demonstrating the numerous techniques and processes I have learned over the years that enable me to get the look and feel I desire in my work. Yet some years ago, when a friend showed me some early digital prints, they impressed me greatly with their crisp detail and resolution, qualities that I have always valued highly in my work. Read more »