7 reasons the digital darkroom trumps the wet darkroom

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In their latest guest post our friends at the photo management blog Photoventure explain why there is no question that the digital darkroom is more successful than the wet darkroom, and a better option for photographers. Here are their 7 reasons why.

7 reasons the digital darkroom trumps the wet darkroom

We know: this sounds like sacrilege. But we believe there are a number of good reasons why the digital darkroom is actually better than the traditional wet darkroom.

1. Images are safer
In 1945, Robert Capa traveled to London after photographing the historic D-Day landings. He had taken 106 images, but sadly only 11 images survived, not because they were lost in action, but because of an accident in a London-based photo lab.

Of course, in a digital age, files and memory cards can sometimes become corrupt, which might result in the same problem. But once images have been imported into Photoshop, there is far less chance that something will go wrong resulting in you losing the majority of your work.

In the wet darkroom, there is a lot more that can easily go wrong if the development process isn’t followed correctly.

2. Intuitive
The digital darkroom is far more intuitive to use than the wet darkroom. Walk into a traditional darkroom and look around; unless you have researched the tools and equipment previously or someone has explained it to you, you wouldn’t have a clue about what to do or how to develop a shot.

Open up Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture, however, and you’ll find it far easier to make your way around; options are labelled simply, icons make it obvious which tool does what, and you can learn by trial and error without having to worry about destroying or damaging the image, which brings us to the next reason…

3. You can afford to experiment
Photoshop grants you more opportunity to experiment with editing your images. You don’t have to worry about losing an image forever, never to be recovered, unless, of course, you save over the original image.

In the digital darkroom you can apply all sorts of effects to an image, and it won’t cost you anything in equipment.

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