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Darkroom Gallery InfoWhile the majority of Photography galleries on dA are subject-based, Darkroom is technique-based. Photographs using Darkroom techniques are generally accepted in the other photography galleries too, but if you wish to categorise your Darkroom photography submission based on how it was created, then Photography > Darkroom is here to allow you to do that.


Darkroom
Photographs which have been physically developed and/or printed using traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques, or digitally processed with the use of computer software to emulate traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques. This is a technique-based gallery and is not for photographs which have simply been taken in a room which is dark! 
 

Darkroom Digital
Photographs which have been digitally processed or edited with the use of computer software to emulate traditional and alte
Suggesting Darkroom Daily Deviationsprojecteducate will soon be hosting a special Daily Deviations week. In honour of the event, here are my Daily Deviation suggestion guidelines with additional detail and musings for your information and entertainment. Keep calm and suggest Darkroom DDs!




Daily Deviation suggestions MUST be from Photography > Darkroom. This is the only gallery which I feature from.
To find out more about the Darkroom Photography galleries, please see this journal with detailed gallery descriptions and examples.
To help promote the intriguing creative processes involved in both Traditional and Digital Darkroom photography, I would like to shine a light on images which show skillful use of these techniques. Please bear this in mind when suggesting.
I especially love featuring images which have an
Why is that a Daily Deviation?Having read the title, you're probably expecting this to be a journal filled with familiar information about what to do when you see a Daily Deviation that you don't believe to be worthy of a feature, or impassioned reminders about the subjectivity of art. That isn't what this is about.
Being the Community Volunteer for a niche gallery like Darkroom has been quite an experience so far. I receive comparatively few Daily Deviation suggestions, so I devote a lot of time to hunting down amazing photographs to feature and making sure that I represent as many aspects of the category as possible.
The Darkroom Photography gallery is full of images created using intriguing historical and modern techniques that many people aren't aware of, or have seen or heard of but don't know much about. Part of my role as a Community Volunteer is to promote these techniques and the artists who use them, showing the incredible range of effects which can be created using photographic materials and systems, bot
Categorising Darkroom - Digital or Traditional?On dA, the galleries for Darkroom Photography are split into two categories - Digital and Traditional.
Digital Darkroom is for Photographs which have been digitally processed or edited with the use of computer software to emulate traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques.




Traditional Darkroom is for Scans of photographic prints and negatives where the images have been physically developed and/or printed using traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques. This gallery is not for digitally created or edited images.




It seems like an obvious difference, right? How much further explaining really needs to be done? Well, just a little, because there are a few exceptions to what you might assume to be hard and fast rules.
The Rule
Photos created with the involvement of a digital camera should never be placed in Darkroom > Traditional.
  Big Digital Darkroom FeatureBefore stepping down as CV for Photography > Darkroom, I'd like to shine a light on some beautiful images which were suggested as Daily Deviations but didn't have a chance to be featured for whatever reason during the last year...
          Strange Light by busangane Corvus Peak by Miguel-Santos Art by Poromaa february tulip by BlauBeerKuchen Only In My Dreams by PHaarhus Transports by Petronille61 Img 6721 by Petronille61 1.12 by OliaRei week1: no more dreaming by cloe-patra Fiat Lux 3 by ha-rat-kiri :thumb289966234: :thumb361646367: landscape by ElaynaTeos Recurring Reflections by insolitus85 Cactus sunset by cameraflou First Strike by aquapell
  Big Traditional Darkroom FeatureBefore stepping down as CV for Photography > Darkroom, I'd like to shine a light on some beautiful images which were suggested as Daily Deviations but didn't have a chance to be featured for whatever reason during the last year...
          Mea Culpa by Les-Diables



:star: Darkroom Exposed: Deviants

Darkroom Exposed: kahoxworthDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features kahoxworth, who has a stunning gallery full of creative images made with alternative darkroom processes. This is just a sample of what you can find there...


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 i don't know if i'm ready by kahoxworth stairs on cedar creek road by kahoxworth
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Darkroom Exposed: jonniedeeDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features jonniedee, who prints his photographs on resin-coated photographic paper at the Chicago Community Darkroom. This is just a sample of what you can find in his gallery...


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 A Tight Hold by jonniedee In Between by jonniedee
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Darkroom Exposed: JillAuvilleDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features JillAuville, who creates stunning images on instant, 35mm and medium format film. This is just a sample of what you can find in her gallery...


JillAuville
 
  
 
 Flat Earth by JillAuville All Over The World pt2 by JillAuville
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Polaroids and Negatives by :devab
Darkroom Exposed: JakezDanielDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features JakezDaniel, who creates beautiful images with textures among other darkroom techniques. This is just a sample of what you can find in his gallery...


JakezDaniel
  
  
  
 A way to ... by JakezDaniel Swan couple by JakezDaniel
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Polaroids and Negatives by :de
Darkroom Exposed: TomWasilewskiDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features TomWasilewski, who has a beautiful gallery packed with traditional and digital darkroom photographs. Here are just a few of them...


TomWasilewski
  
  
  
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:heart: Darkroom Exposed: Techniques

Darkroom Exposed: Lith PrintsDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features lith prints, which are photographic prints made in (surprisingly enough!) lith developer to produce grainy images with soft highlights and strong shadows. Lith printing produces stunning one-off pieces because the results change as the developing solution gets older. There's a wealth of information on LithPrint.com if you'd like to find out more or learn how to create your own beautiful lith prints.






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Darkroom Exposed: CyanotypesDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features cyanotypes, which are printed using potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate. Prints are naturally blue in colour - giving rise to the term 'blue print' - although they can be toned with various chemicals and substances to produce images of different colours. You can find out more about cyanotpyes here.





You can find out how to make your own cyanotypes with this tutorial series by Drizztofmielikki.
  
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Darkroom Exposed: AmbrotypesDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features ambrotypes, which are positive images created on a sheet of glass using the wet-plate collodion process. They are also known as collodion positives. You can find out more about ambrotypes here.





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Darkroom Exposed: Digital OverlaysDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features digital overlays, which are created by layering two or more images (including but not limited to texture and colour layers) to create a final image, mimicking the effect of exposing photographic paper to two or more negatives and/or filters during printing. This differs from photomanipulations, where elements of numerous images are separately extracted and combined to make a final image.




 
 
 
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Darkroom Exposed: HDRDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.
This issue features HDR (high dynamic range) photography, which allows for a greater dynamic range (variation between the light and dark areas) than regular photography. This can have a range of effects, between creating an image more like what you see with your eyes and depicting hyper-real results with a painterly feeling.
Some digital cameras can shoot HDR in-camera but HDR images can also be created using digital editing software with multiple exposures of the same scene. 'Fake' HDR can also be created from just one exposure. Here are some beautiful examples of HDR photography...







Want to learn more? Check out these great tutorials on dA...
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  Darkroom Exposed: Photoshop FiltersDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.


This issue features images created with Photoshop filters (the ones found in the Filter menu at the top, rather than the colour-tinting photofilters). Half of you are probably about to stop reading and the other half of you are probably only reading in preparation to leave a ranty comment about how Photoshop filters can never look anything other than amateurish and a little bit crap.
So...I ask you to please observe with an open mind! Photoshop is, in itself, a digital darkroom, as well as a design tool and many other things too. Like any tool, it can be used with hideous concequences or it can be used with skill and expertise, resulting in lovely images. A hammer can be used to build or to destroy, depending on the intent of the person who is handling it. The important thing to remember is that, in genera
  Darkroom Exposed: Instant FilmDarkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.


Instant film is film which contains all the chemicals necessary to process and fix an image without the need to develop and print it after you take your picture. Chances are, when you think of instant film, you think of Polaroid and retro 70s colours. Fuji also make instant film, under the name Fujifilm Instax, and more recently, the Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plan to produce new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras.
One of the beautiful things about instant film is that you can create unique, beautiful effects in your images even after the film has expired. Instant film also allows for intriguing processes like emulsion lifts, when you extract the image layer from a piece of film to place on another surface...paper, canvas, wood etc. You can also distress your



:aww: Daily Deviation Round-Ups

Darkroom DDs: June 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in June 2012.
  
  
  
 lith-osci by xvadix IR Tree in Lith by Mohain
Separation by leongard The beggining is the end.. by a3t3rnum River Snake by IraMustyPhotography
Back in Time by ha-rat-kiri MDSNQSNLL by Rainsenigma Diptych Fish by CozyComfyCouch :thumb261865170:
Darkroom DDs: July 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in July 2012.
          Show Me The Way by Jude20 ::: Cyclone Chamber ::: by nexion Octopus by kakaoconad Facing death with Fright by CharleySmink Goth stairs by akseiya DD: A78 after sun set by Dr-Koesters :thumb313865473: Don't Cry by WojciechDziadosz Ginza by Morrisjohnjohnuy Degraded by Anticherry Platform by Vividlight the light -- a knife by AlicjaRodzik Mother Nature by justanothersomeone 31. Mai 2012 by Filterkaffee Purgatory by LuciaConstantin Morning's hound by iram Two of us by getested Polaroid 94 - Pic of Pic of Pic of pic by Picture-Bandit Pinhole Photography 2 by dellycious obscure project act II part B by xlavoc
Darkroom DDs: August 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in August 2012.
          pier in the fog by KariLiimatainen NoName25 by Snobas Drying leaves... by NightAndWind Anima by Les-Diables white flowers by busangane no.248 - I Give It All by mjranum Hungarian skies pt.CXXXII. by realityDream BMX by semyk3 riverworld by sandpiper764 un pauvre clown malheureux by partiallyHere Capital of Sweden by DagHagerius 1.1 by OliaRei The lady bike by LucienWittwer pinhole prague i by pavelCh untitled by katworks Has the fortuitous wave by Sesca as soft as a bone by TabeaBorchardt all sparks by illeg4le the Portal. by oro-elui
Darkroom DDs: September 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in September 2012.
          Whose Point Of View by jusuart shadows of souls by tsiapas Sunset on the Quarry by runyouknow1 Infinity by SongOfAwakening ini by mano-svanidze Fruit Bat by hidarime-images Rope Bridge by KrisSimon cgt hdr by mau5 :thumb307369886: Cursed Church by hakaba Leaving makes the windows cry by ensilencio MaYBe... by DilekGenc Breathing light! by Ullises in the weeds by sparkbearer Aikucho by BrittaniLuv old Tugboat by IndianRain auf der erde und in der hoelle IV by ChristianBurtscher :thumb327043595: Jane in stripes by PHaarhus
Darkroom DDs: October 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in October 2012.
          L'Artiere HDR by thaliesen Funeral Bouquet by fishingonastar Double by EloiseSinead Woodburn Fishery by marklewisphotography The hidden fortress by SylveryFox books for sale by noxpop Soothsayer by wreckles The mask by JDV-from-A Cyanotype image 3 by funkyjunky Buenos Aires bicromate gum by Yourmung PRINT oilprint 009 by charlesguerin Istanbul 3 10 by darkosaric :thumb295093716: Shelter by GeminiArtNStock The Cat Lover by badaipurba Library by RoyWasntListening Daisy by OverTheLazyDog The Morning After by LamontPhotography woman by SevincYusifova Persephone in Wings by majuviro THE WITCH by K-E-I-T
Darkroom DDs: November 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in November 2012.
          kimbits by kahoxworth :thumb336610982: HDR-photo-1 by Louis-photos * by neuzheli Temple Of The Sea by ArjenCalter Classic Retro Vespa Girl by bedustreetart Cappadocia / Kapadokya / Kemerhan Cave Suites by anilync Wet Plate Collodion II by gingersfunkyphotos Gears by MermaidGirl10 :thumb337728059: Art by Elise-in-Oz Stairwell by IndependentlyConceal Bulb with wings by skullkill88 deja vu by i-m-light :thumb339571708:
Darkroom DDs: December 2012These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in December 2012.
          Chemgram by rockershay Air Show collection by WaterStreetNorth I Am What You Think I Am (Ver2) by ippiki-wolf Fishing Boat by JacqChristiaan Self Portrait - Variation by serdarb Power by nutsapple Winter Solstice by Sun-Seeker Zamanin Izi by oguzhanerdogan Kind of crowdy by SauleaPhotography 13th Beach Storm by DanielleMiner 13. 2. 2009 by j-nny Shuttle Endeavour East of The Forum by exopix :thumb344541677:
Darkroom DDs: January 2013These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in January 2013.
last leaves of the fall by Writto napoli among vezuvio by uurthegreat 2012-13 by SmallFly bridge to dreams by DUN09 shine on me by miss-gardener Lille-Umination 1 by jeje62 The cow and the road by clemlef just raw reality II by Deutschr Target by Kleemass 1. Ciridian by Mishudo ghost town : 3 by pekipeki60minutes Ziggurat by FxSanyi winter solitude by Migrena tehe by love-dimitra N O R E T U R N by seicke Someone's Nightmare by Tamakin #VI by atomboygirl Instant Stains by JillAuville :thumb349851944: Nothing left by ShesAllFuckedUp
  Darkroom DDs: February 2013These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in February 2013.
          Aquatic II by zoejanssen Lazy Afternoon by IMAGENES-IMPERFECTAS Auto by fabienbos farewell by i-see-faces Oktoberfest III by serapart Paris impression by vtakac Dreamland? by FinJambo Mother Nature by jessienilo93 :thumb350634306: Language of Heaven by CaptainBeyond Post office box surprise.img673 1 by harrietsfriend 00042 by Imanuell Volums of thought by Ilman-Lintu XXIX - double by DrunkSolstice It Is So Easy... by catch---22 Smudgy by Vividlens Libertad by Petronille61
  Darkroom DDs: March 2013These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in March 2013.
        
  towards dreamland by a-b-n  Holga Black and White CHapel by newjuventud Dis-abled. by whitelightwings Emerald light by kil1k Pianoforte by graviloquence Fun Time In Our Secret Neverland by perigunawan Hypnotica by x9mmxtragedyx wrapped in piano strings by ashenweepingwillow Up by mutanteyeball 26400021 by YaprakKocak Buss Park by Mishkin-Rayman Memories by KosmioS Blue Madonna by alisinwonder Voyeurism by Cocytus-Crocus Runaway! by InstantPhotographer Bedtime by crazyovce Polaroid V by witchlady750
  Darkroom DDs: April 2013These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in April 2013.
          Tossing Daddy by swiftmoonphoto Untitled by pieton she be there forever by MimusVitae thess (2) by DanPanPan Flamingo by kaiya880 :thumb362767906: Mm-1800 by HocEstCorpus Playing With Fire II by holly-acosta dreaming wide awake by mikroi Spot the Banana! by Ieatflowersforlunch RoseMarry Goodness by onixa




:) Project Educate 26th November - 2nd December 2012

Project Educate: Darkroom Photography Week Begins!Welcome to Darkroom Photography week at projecteducate!
Here's a taster of what you can expect to see here over the coming week...


Tuesday

Introduction to the Darkroom gallery on dA


Wednesday
What is Traditional Darkroom?
Thursday
What is Digital Darkroom?


Friday
dA Groups that welcome darkroom photos


Saturday
Darkroom photography tutorials


Sunday
Article round-up
Introduction to the Darkroom galleryIntroduction to the Darkroom gallery on dA
Darkroom on dA is a tribute to the traditional, involving chemical developing and printing techniques which have barely changed since the birth of photography, a symbol of the modern, making use of technological advances in digital processing, and a whole lot of amazing and beautiful things in between.

While the majority of Photography galleries on dA are subject-based, Darkroom is technique-based. Photographs using Darkroom techniques are generally accepted in the other photography galleries too, but if you wish to categorise your Darkroom photography submission based on how it was created, then Photography > Darkroom is here to allow you to do that.

If you're not a photographer, or you arrived on your photographic journey at a time when digital was in full swing, you may have never shot on film, been temporarily blinded by walking into daylight after hours spen
What is Traditional Darkroom?What is Traditional Darkroom?
Traditional Darkroom is where it all began. It started in a world where the word 'photography' didn't yet exist and the art of creating images of reality with light and chemicals sat somewhere between science and magic. Did you know that the mathematicians Aristotle and Euclid describe pinhole cameras in the 4th and 5th centuries?

In the early 1800s, artist/inventors like Louis Dageurre and Henry Fox Talbot (among others) experimented with ways of fixing images using chemicals, including silver compounds, following exposures on materials like glass and metal, lasting from several minutes to several hours. By 1840, Talbot was creating negative images using the calotype process and John Herschel had invented the cyanotype process (where the term 'blueprint' comes from) and created the first glass negative in 1839.

In the middle part of the 1800s, the wet plate collodion process be
What is Digital Darkroom?What is Digital Darkroom?
Digital Darkroom is the evolution, converting chemical processes to digital ones, cellulose and silver to pixels and bytes. The first digital camera, weighing 8 pounds with a resolution of 0.01 megapixels, was built in 1975 and recorded black and white images to a cassette tape. The first camera which recorded images as computerised files was made by Fuji in 1988 and the first commercially available digital camera was created in 1990.

The Digital Darkroom gallery on dA is for photographs which have been digitally processed or edited with the use of computer software to emulate traditional and alternative film darkroom techniques. It's also a place for very modern processes like HDR photography, which involves creating images with a higher range of visible tones than regular photography.

Most of the functions available in digital editing software were created to mimic actual darkroom
dA Groups that welcome Darkroom photosdA Groups that welcome Darkroom photos
Check out these fabulous dA groups which are home to some truly stunning darkroom creations.
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alt-process-printing's gallery is like a living history of photographic printing techniques, from Polaroid emulsion lifts to Dageurrotypes. You'll find some familiar processes here as well as many that you've never heard of or seen before. This group is a great place to browse if you want to learn more about Darkroom photography as well as see beautiful images.
  
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TLRs is a group for photos taken with (and of) twin-lens reflex cameras. These are film cameras that have two lenses with the same focal length, one being the 'taking lens' (which actually takes the picture) and the other being used as a view-finder.
  
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Darkroom Photography TutorialsdeviantART is home to thousands of useful tutorials on just about every topic imaginable.
If you want to try your hand at darkroom photography, or simply gain a greater understanding of the medium, here are a few to get you started...


Confused by film types and formats? Don't know your 35mm from your instant processing? This tutorial is a good place to start.

No camera? No problem! Make your own.
  
One exposure not enough? Here's how to do the double.

Time to develop? Read these!
 
Maybe you want to try some alternative processing. Here's how to make a negative from a digital photo.

Cyanotypes are fun, safe and easy. Find out how to make your own.
 
Want to take your instant film shots further? Try an emulsion lift!
Emulsion lift tutorial by kivienkathairon
Love vintage looks but don't have access to darkroom chem
Darkroom Photography Week Round-UpDarkroom Photography week at projecteducate is over.
Here's a round-up of the articles posted...

Monday
Darkroom Photography Week Begins!

Tuesday

Introduction to the Darkroom gallery on dA


Wednesday
What is Traditional Darkroom?
Thursday
What is Digital Darkroom?


Friday
dA Groups that welcome darkroom photos


Saturday
Darkroom photography tutorials




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