I agree, Darkroom Photography is still needed. It is an Art in itself.
But, as schools see it, from a cost perspective. Digital, in the long
run, is much cheaper.
Chemicals must be replaced on a regular basis. Depending on the number
of students, that could be significant.
Disposal of, and the cost to dispose of, the used chemicals is also
becoming an issue.
Photo paper can also be expensive.
Digitally, Nearly all work is done on computer via software. Even basic
software will give you basic control of pictures.
There is no disposal, or replacement of pics, load up some paper in your
printer and print.
Even management of the "darkroom" is becoming an issue.
From an economic perspective, Digital is here to stay.
From: Olejarz2@aol.com [mailto:Olejarz2@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 11, 2003 8:53 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: HS Photography - digital/chemical
I just had an interesting discussion with a HS photo teacher about
teaching photo in HS and the issue of digital vs. chemical.
We agreed that film cameras are a better value than digital cameras and
offer the opportunity to teach an SLR camera and its possibilities. He
felt that students should still have darkroom experience. We agreed that
things are going digital in a very big way and the ideal program should
have both experiences.
We also thought that if it were impossible to have both chemical and
digital what might work best is using a film camera and having students
scan their negatives so that they could then work on them as digital
Any photo teachers out there with thoughts on this issue?