Why Darkroom Is Still Important

photo by the author.

photo by the author.

Throughout the years the world has had many inventions, many advances in technology, this includes cameras. All cameras used film, a strip of sections in which mixed with chemicals images would appear. Now we are almost completely digital, pictures are now stored in a drive/chip, and is not physically there.This goes to show how the world is changing constantly, and advances is beginning to take over. Our textbooks are becoming iPads, or laptops. Our whiteboards are linked to our computers, and cars can drive themselves. There are even phones as watches, we can text and call on our wrists. Of all these changes into the digital world, it still goes to show how much film means.

Film photography is still one of the most commonly used forms of photography by professionals, and in my opinion film is still better. Don’t get me wrong  I’m a fan of digital as well, it is easier to email and send to clients/friends/family. There are many things that you can do in digital photography, that you cannot do with film. Like photoshop, which yes, takes some time and effort, but personally I enjoy physically printing the picture. The messiness of the chemicals, the do overs, and the process that you must follow. When taking as much time as film needs it is worth more to me personally. Here are just a few reasons Ii believe film is worth more…

  1. Film photography is calming; The time that film takes to process and print, it takes my mind off the world, off my worries. It gives me enough time to just breathe and focus on something that calms me, and to me the world just kind of stops moving in a way. It gives me ‘quite time’, and is very peaceful.

  2. More authentic; With DSLR you are able to take any great picture and crop it, enhance it, and throw a filter on it. You could just throw on a black and white filter and call it good. But when shooting with at 35mm film camera, you have no choice to enhance it, to filter it. You get a black and white picture if you use black and white film. And you may be able to slightly crop it, and change contrast. But you’re choices of change are limited.

  3. I enjoy a nice surprise, while working with film sometimes that surprise can be a bad thing. Your film can be ruined, it can be blank, it can be scratched, and exposed to the light. One time I even took 32-35 shots, and SURPRISE!  There was no film in my camera, I was actually so angry. But it was my own fault, and mistakes happen, so you learn. And sometimes there are good surprises, like your picture turns out so beautiful, better than expected. Or you make a mistake and it comes out better than your original idea.  


logan deVries