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Digital Darkroom

What’s in a darkroom? How does a darkroom present quality images and photos? Well, first darkrooms are basically replaced now by scanners, printers; computers, and software programs, however, darkrooms have equipment. Some of the equipment includes chemicals, safelights, easels, paper trays, enlargers, thermometers, tongs, focus magnifiers, measuring cylinders, timers, and the like.

Darkrooms regardless of digital technology can still deliver quality pictures if the developer knows what he/she is doing. Most darkrooms are around 6 feet in square inches and in a corner of the room is a table that holds merely everything a developer will need to publish a photo.

Most darkrooms demand the least amount of light, and running water, therefore many photographers will employ a home restroom to conduct their developing. The chemical trays are often prearranged in the darkroom so that the photographer or developer can move around the area with little hassle. To achieve the mission, the developer will employ the listed items that are found in photography darkrooms, using them in order, which is not provided in this article. Let’s review:

Easels
No, I didn’t say weasels. Easels are employed during exposure, which the tools hold the prints in place, flat on a surface.

Safelights
Safelights often have orange or red light bulbs and produce the least amount of light. Rather the safelights conform to the level of light the paper and print require. This protects the sensitivity of the photos in the making.

Timers
Timers are like oven timers. The photos demand a specific time to start and finish the copies; therefore, the timer watch is set accordingly.

Enlargers
Enlargers are a lamp in a box. The lamp beams sufficient light onto the film, and then to a base are by using a lens. You can get enlargers in color or in black and white. The colorful enlargers are the better choice.

Paper Trays
Is what the developer will use to add chemicals for producing photos? The photos are dipped into the chemicals and wham you are on your way to creating a quality image.

Thermometers
Thermometers keep the chemicals in check, since if the temperature is not according to developing demands, the pictures will not take properly.

Focus Magnifiers
Of course, these tools zoom in on the picture to make sure everything is in working order while the picture is held down flatly on the surface by the easels. This is like the Zoom features on your computers or in software programs.

Tongs
This pick up the pictures, since if you get too much of the chemicals on your skin, you may get fried like bacon.

Measuring Cylinders
This tool measures the chemicals dilution levels.

Chemicals
You have three times of chemicals in a darkroom, which includes crystal silver, stop-bath, and fixer. Each area has its own purpose, yet you must use all three chemicals respectively, otherwise your pictures will meet the day of doom. This is sort of like ink in a printer, if the inks dot more than sufficiency for printing, the photos will appear with low quality.

You also want to consider the types of developers on the market, since these will help you to accomplish a higher quality in photos.

Before you open up a darkroom, make sure you understand all that is required to make pictures work. You can find valuable information at your local library or over the Internet. Having it together before getting started is ideal for any one thing you will ever do in life. Remember however, as you start you are growing and learning, so take each mistake in stride.