Editor’s Note, N/D 2013

written by: Wendy Erickson

In the Fall of 1979 when Darkroom Techniques Magazine first hit the newsstand, black and white and color film was in its heyday. Photographers owned analog cameras and worked long hours in darkrooms. Thirty-four years later photographers hunt for film cameras in flea markets and online auctions, historic processes are all the rage and everyone I meet seems to want a darkroom of their own. With good chemistry, a little bit of luck, a lot of problem solving and some creativity thrown in for good measure, why not? It’s refreshing seeing that photography in the 21st century includes all methods Read more »

From the Editor, S/O 2013

written by: Wendy Erickson

Influences and Vision I bought two books the other day, Joyland, the new Hard Case Crime novel from Stephen King, and Camera Work, The Complete Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, from Taschen, a book that should have been in my library but for some inexplicable reason was not. With words and photographs printed on actual paper, there really is something to holding and reading a good book. Of course I never met Alfred Stieglitz, but I did sit next to Stephen King once on a tiny plane bound for Bangor. I know both books are likely to influence my creative vision Read more »

From the Editor, J/A 2013

written by: Wendy Erickson

The word convergence came to mind a few times while putting this issue together. With how-to articles and inspiring photographs and writing, you’ll find a tempting balance of both traditional and digital techniques. For example, with paint, Christina Z. Anderson uses real artist’s paint to tint her handmade Casein prints while Steve Anchell demonstrates step-by- step how to give a digital image the appearance of an oil painting. With light, John Welzenbach takes on two zone/mixed studio lighting and Jeffery Jay Luhn shows us a new twist on light painting. How about making big prints: In A Tale of American Read more »

From the Editor, M/J 2013

written by: Wendy Erickson

For me, the start of any great trip was always the breakfast at the beginning of the journey. It set the mood for the on the road adventure that was sure to follow. Travel is a bit more challenging these days, but I often yearn for the Great American Road Trip or some other impossible journey that still is on the proverbial bucket list. To inspire your quests for meaningful photographs, we’ve gathered some unique locations and dynamic events: David Shaw guides you through the Alaskan wilderness with his awe-inspiring photographs and Steve Dreyer travels off the beaten path to Read more »

From the Editor, M/A 2013

written by: Wendy Erickson

Precious Metals: silver, platinum, palladium, tin, iron and aluminum foil? In this issue you’ll find the influence of metal (an important element in photography no matter how you define it) running through several articles including Bruce Barnbaum’s take on traditional silver-based printing papers, Tom Persinger’s hand-colored Kallitypes (an iron based photographic process), Michael Massaia’s portfolio (Platinum/Palladium and Silver Gel- atin toned prints) plus my review of Metals for Digital printing. We’re delighted to have Jill Skupin Burkholder join us with the first of her two “how to” articles on Encaustic over Inkjet prints. See what the beauty of beeswax could Read more »

From the Editor, J/F 2013

written by: Wendy Erickson

I started writing this with a pen on paper several days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast, the storm that shut down and severely devastated much of the tri-state area and changed the coastline of New Jersey (where I am located) forever. Without electricity, heat and Internet, I threw logs into the fireplace and waited and hoped for the best. The only means of sharing photographs I took during this time period was via my iPhone and even with cell towers down, photo uploads were slow but possible. When the power finally came back on, television reports revealed horrific Read more »

From the Editor, N/D 2012

written by: Wendy Erickson

November and December bring such anticipation on so many levels don’t they? In some areas of the country, the grand possibility of snow and ice offers time to reflect on photography and everything else too. I won’t mention those frequent power failures like we had last year, trying to keep warm inside the house with plummeting outside temperatures. Looking past that, it’s also a great time to catch up with family and friends. Will you venture out and risk the potentially harsh elements, or stay inside–nesting so to speak–and wish for a “snow day” or two, along with the time Read more »

From the Editor, S/O 2012

written by: Wendy Erickson

In September, most kids look forward to new notebooks and pens, or maybe a calculator, but I always loved the paint and markers and paper—oh how I loved to have new drawing paper. Growing up it was a luxury item for sure. When I got older it was film and photographic paper, maybe a new ‘used’ camera too or a lens. Arcadia Rom-Frank’s photograph on page 48 brings up a fond ‘back to school’ memory, because for me the art room was always the happening place. This issue marks my one-year anniversary as Editor of photo technique. Looking back over Read more »

From the Editor, J/A 2012

written by: Wendy Erickson

One of my many “finds” at yard sales was a beautiful old pastel drawing I bought for eight dollars. I liked it the minute I saw it. Recently I decided to take it apart, clean the glass and polish the wood frame. I found a signature I hadn’t noticed before. Who was the artist? Maybe there was a story behind the drawing. A little searching on the Internet came up with a few people with the same name. I took a chance on emailing the most likely one based on geography, and the artist, a former math teacher now 84 Read more »

From the Editor, M/A 2012

written by: Wendy Erickson

The Vernal Equinox arrives on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere and likely not a moment too soon. More daylight hours are welcome, as are warmer temperatures and the return of all things green sprouting from the Earth. All things being equal, you’ll find a nice balance of traditional and digital technique in this issue. For those of you craving some wit and wisdom in your darkroom, David Vestal does not disappoint with his review of new Ilford MG Art 300. You’ll even get a dose of photo history at the same time. Alan Ross provides the third installment of Read more »