Lets face it, the great photographers of days long passed used many dark room techniques. Ansel Adam’s boasted that he was certain to use the most modern darkroom tools available to achieve his photographic perspectives.We’d never have heard Margaret White putting down another photographer for using simple darkroom manipulation to help achieve a vision; yet today we’ve become such photographic purists that we’ve discarded the techniques of the original geniuses long before any of us have managed to put out a single print that they’d have used to wipe their ass!
Having spoken to many hundreds of professionals, I believe that this purist mindset is a beginner’s folly.
Today, we have many tools that are similar to, and even tremendously more advanced than the darkrooms of the past. Tools such as Nik Software, Lightroom, Aperture and many such others provide us with the additional filters to achieve our visions, beyond what may be available in our cameras’ settings.
I don’t know about you, but while trying capture that carrot shot, I’ve been chased by a bull, stood on a frozen lake, laid down in the highway, and god knows what else… and in those situations, I just don’t have the bloody time to play with my camera’s fiddly bits. Fun and shiny as they may be.
Having said that. This example may be overdone. Damn.