Paying The Dues For Those Digital Prints

It’s getting hard to to remember those bad old days … back when we had to pay to develop and print each and every photograph on a roll of film. Come to think of it, the mere thought of a roll of film is quaint. (A roll of what?) The ability to print only the best images is perhaps the most appealing aspect of the digital photo revolution. Unlike most teenagers, my daughter is gaining an appreciation for the ease of this digital era. She’s taking an introductory course in traditional photography, and is learning how to develop black and white photographs the old-fashioned way …

My girl’s learning how to compose a photograph without a throwaway mentality. That’s a good thing, in my book. Knowing that each and every shot matters can make you work harder to get a great shot. Take away the auto focus, auto exposure, and need to wind film and you can really hone in on what makes a winning image.

All in all, it’s never been less expensive to explore this fantastic hobby. While the cost of digital prints fell dramatically last year, the market seems to have stabilized … unlike those pesky chemicals in the developing trays. Speaking of which, some of my daughter’s traditional prints come home looking like they’ve already had a raft of Photoshop filters applied to them … crazy effects that would be tough to duplicate, whether by traditional or digital means.

I never want to go back the old ways and I doubt we ever will. But I’m ever so thankful that our kids still have the opportunity to learn the the craft with those traditional tools, while they’re still available …

[tags]digital photography, traditional photography[/tags]

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