I agree that students should have experiences in both. The problem is having enought equipment to teach digital and in the darkroom. A good slide/negative scanner (Nikon) runs about $700.00 but is well worth the investment for students to learn how to manipulate images using modern techniques.
Becky in NC
From: Olejarz2@aol.com [mailto:Olejarz2@aol.com]
Sent: Sun 5/11/2003 11:53 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
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 images.
Any photo teachers out there with thoughts on this issue?