Photography Processing is Changing

Tip Tuesday

Photography processing is changing.  I have been a paid photographer for twenty plus years.  I remember spending time in a dark room developing black and white film.  Digital perocessing changed how things were done.

Photography processing was a tedious yet rewarding process.

We photographers at one point in time didn’t have the immediate gratification that digital photography brings.   Photographers that shot/shoot film had to meter light and then set the camera before taking a picture.  Then they would have to check, double check and check again the focal point was correctly selected.  Then they would head to the darkroom to develop the film, or take it to a trusted developer.  Wedding photographers truly had one time to get it right, then had to have someone they trusted to develop the film.  The guys that came before me hand to use equipment to transfer the negative to the photograph paper to print and enlarge the negative.  I can’t speak on that process, I never experienced that tedious job.

I was part of the earliest digital revolution.  I used a negative scanner to transfer the image to a computer, after having a trusted shop develop my film.  The biggest issue I had at this time was software limitations, or perhaps cpu limitations.  I still think photos done the old fashioned way would be more gratifying.  Instead of being frustrated about how slow the software manipulated the scanned image, a photographer would be making decisions about how long to let the image burn on the paper.  Seems skill and knowledge would come into play.   The way I edited photos technology came into play.  Skill was still needed, as well as a pretty decent computer.  A computer was also more cost effective.

Todat we shoot with digital cameras and have immediate results.  We back the pictures up to phone, tablet, or hard drive.  The process today skips a lot of steps.  A 300.00 camera with kit lens, an iPad, and a few memory cards are all that is needed to create stunning photos.  Your style now sets you apart versus your skill.   Skill is still welcome and makes editing a breeze.  The immediacy of knowing you got the shot, its developed and backed up, and being able to process and be ready for print; is priceless.  There are many things you should take on a shoot: flashes, light boxes, modifiers, led lights etc.  These things aren’t needed.  You literally can capture a great picture, edit on your tablet, and send it off to your client while you are sipping chai tea.  Technology has changed the process and perhaps freed the creative mind.