|Hometown Brew (darkroom print scan)|
Oh, the Irony . . .
|Post Office Eagle (darkroom print scan)|
When Did I Know . . . ?
|Superior Pilsen (darkroom print scan)|
|Reflections on Clouds (darkroom|
A Change for the Better . . .
So why will scanning my prints rather than my negatives serve me better? I think the best way to answer that question is with a series of statements:
1. I have come to understand that the print is the full and final expression of my photography in every way, including and especially quality.
2. My return to film photography was not motivated by a desire to improve my digital photo editing skills.
3. I am not compelled to print or even share every frame of a roll, so there is no need to scan the whole roll.
4. I am very interested in improving my ability to read negatives and not depend on the crutch of negative scans to form a vision of the final image.
5. I am feeling less compelled to "share" my photographs online, but I love getting my prints into the hands of people, even for free (but I also love selling them, of course.)
6. While not a terribly nostalgic person, I believe that I am more greatly understanding and appreciating what it was to be a photographer before the digital age.
A New (Old) Workflow . . .
1. Develop the film either at home or at the darkroom.
2. Make a contact sheet of the roll.*
3. Use the contact sheet to choose what frames to print.
4. Choose which prints (if any) to scan for the purpose of sharing online.
* but not the way you might think.
Making Contact . . .
The main component of the above workflow is the contact sheet, which is made by laying strips of negatives on top of a sheet of analog photo paper and exposing the paper to light.** However, photographic paper is expensive, so I have come up with a digital solution that allows me to make contact sheets that I can take with me on my iPad or even iPhone and not waste paper. In part two of Say "No" to the Scans (But "Yes" to the Prints!), I will break down my contact sheet workflow that, I believe, will make me much more efficient and effective in the darkroom.