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 techniques and the act of editing and altering images during processing is not a new concept - people had been doing it in darkrooms for years before computers came along, for example, layering multiple negatives to create overlays, and adding vibrant colour filters and textures.
Probably the most famous digital editing programme, Photoshop, started life in the late 1980s and Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the 13th major release of the software. There are many other fantastic digital editing programmes out there, many of them considerably less expensive than Photoshop...and some, like GIMP, are even free.
Processing your digital photos on a computer has become more accessible over recent years to people with all budgets, and while for some it can lead to an exciting career, for others it is simply a fun artistic hobby because it allows for cheap and enjoyable experimentation, especially when there are so many ways to share your progress online with people from all over the world.
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...
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