Raindrops and Leaf   Leave a comment

It’s been a rainy few days here in the Acker Woods, but at least it has been warmer than it was a week or two ago. When it rains we do shorter dog walks as we try not to let them get soaked. So, I haven’t been doing a lot of shooting as trying to hold a camera in a plastic bag in one hand and a leash attached to an 85lb (or larger) black lab in the other hand doesn’t work very good!

I got the new issue of Shutterbug the other day. The new issue features a number of articled on the various processing options that are available for today’s digital photographers. Things sure have come a long way from those black and white darkroom days. And for the most part that is a good thing for most of us. Especially if we do not have the space or the time for a wet darkroom.

In his editorial editor, George Schaub,talks about the reason that many of us stuck to the processing and printing of black and white back in the day because of our desire to influence the outcome of our photographs. And for me that was true. We adjusted exposure to suit the lighting conditions and the subject when making the photograph, we decided what developing times should be to produce a proper negative and then we dodged and burned and manipulated the print during the printing process. And none of that was reversible. If we blew the film processing the shot was gone forever. It wasn’t so bad during the printing stage as we could make countless of prints to get the one we wanted. It was time-consuming, sometimes painful, but we did it because we loved it.

Today there are software programs that can duplicate all of those steps and have even added some new ones. With the advent of being able to shoot in raw we can save that original image and make adjustments that can be reversed as necessary without losing that valuable original image.

To me, one of the neat things is the number of software packages and Photoshop plug-ins that are available to process that color ram image into a stunning black and white image. And to me, that’s where my heart is at.

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Posted May 7, 2012 by hwilliam in Photography

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