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The Shift to Digital in Photographic Education

What are the effects– positive and negative– on the photographers of tomorrow and the schools they attend?
written by: William Schneider

Photography’s future is, in many ways, in the hands of today’s photo students, and it should come as no surprise that photographic education has been profoundly changed by the coming of the digital camera. College darkrooms still exist— especially in the fine arts, where the desire to retain darkrooms is stronger than in applied photographic fields—but the majority of applied photographic careers available to students upon graduation require digital photography skills. Newspapers abandoned darkrooms years ago and won’t hire a photographer who is unable to work with a digital camera and Photoshop. While there may be isolated exceptions, most wed- Read more »