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Introduction to the Darkroom gallery

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 8:15 AM


Introduction 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.

Halo by feigenfrucht

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.

Geometrical Fallout by soraxtm

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 spent in a dark room with only dim red light to see by or watched in wonder as your image appeared as if by magic in a bath of developer solution.

Quiet Storm by KrisVlad

If you've only ever shot and processed digitally, you might think that darkroom isn't relevant to you...but it is! Digital editing software is, quite literally, a darkroom on your computer and most of the functions you'll find in your favourite editing suite are based on traditional darkroom tools. Darkroom is where photography came from and is still a huge part of its evolution.

mleczyk by olivvka

If you're looking for a visual adventure, a living journey through artistic history, the Darkroom gallery is the perfect place to browse. Start your experience with an open mind and remember that many of the images you see are genuinely unique, produced through experimental techniques with unrepeatable results.

Double Hello by indajazz

Not only will you discover pictures printed using a variety of chemicals on a vast array of different materials, you'll also encounter pictures taken with a range of equipment, from blindingly expensive ultra-modern digital cameras to shoe boxes with holes in them and photographic paper stuck inside. Get ready to read some intriguing artist's comments and be surprised!

flower by gimp194

Further reading...

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



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JamminJo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic article :love:
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
:hug:
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:huggle:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I remember joining the photography club at school and doing some developing myself :la: I didn't get into it very deeply, but it was a lot of fun :D
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
It's a totally magical experience :nod:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I always wanted to set up my own dark room, or dark room bathroom set, but I guess I got distracted by other artsy stuff, so never got around to diving deeper into it :B
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Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I never spent time in traditional darkroom, yet have fun to do so digital
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Digital smells better too ;)
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Nameda Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahaha yep I know ;) My stepfather was an avid photographer... though I was never allowed to touch his precious equipment let alone have him explain something
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caddman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
...Excellent thoughts shared...:heart:.
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