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Hi everybody, please feel free to become my first guess!
-- Bill Wiriawan (email@example.com), November 27, 1998
Good luck in this endeaver. Does the notion that it took two days for your first response perhaps substantiate that darkroom activity is a dying art? Would you care to comment on this?
-- Bill Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 30, 1999.
I just found this when i happened to arrow down from the main body of sites. Perhaps others will do the same. I teach black and white printing in the evenings and it is amazing how many people show up, keep taking classes and then start putting together their own darkrooms. It is my hope, that there will always be a few of us who donot want to give up the "ghost". and as things seem to run in circles it will be interesting to see how many people come back to fine hand printing. One problem I am concerned about is ; people don't know what a good print should look like. i have seen some prints bring $200 that are not well printed, in fact i have some beginning students who print better.
-- Ann Clancy (email@example.com), December 12, 2000.
I started shooting b/w a couple of years ago, and everything I read said "if you want to be happy with the results you need to print it yourself."
I learned the hard way that this is at least a partial truth. I was taking my film to a local photo studio that also did printing. The prints I received looked 'off', more like grey and white than black and white. I switched to another lab and WOW did my pictures look better.
I'm working on building up a darkroom at home, meanwhile I'm a lot choosier about where I get prints done. This may be a 'dying art' but so is riding a bicycle and I still do that (almost) every day. I want to learn the ins and outs, and what I have learned already (taking a class in the evenings) has improved my photography a great deal.
By the way it turns out that Lab A (above) was using color paper when making my prints.
-- brian reeves (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 2001.