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.