I love the whole process of photography. From the click of the shutter to putting the finishing touches on an image. I'm digital and happily so.
Does that mean I can't use a darkroom? Somewhat I suppose. My darkroom is in my computer. It is called Photoshop and that is where I can turn a ho-hum image into something that will knock your socks off.
Like anything else, Photoshop has tools. One of my most favorite tools in Photoshop is actions. Actions allow me to take rather blah, hazy image like this:
To this with one click of the mouse...subtle changes, a punch of color, sharpened a bit. It's just what many images need. A little boost with "Boutwell's Magic Glasses":
Or, if I'm feeling particularly artsy, I may go even further with one more action:
I know by know you are scratching your head and wondering what this "Totally Rad" stuff is. Well, it is a magical place that has magical actions for photographs. That's where I got the actions I used to edit these photos.
Now I want to make dirty pictures. And Totally Rad will help. No. Not those kind of dirty pictures. Shame on you. These 'dirty' pictures have beautiful textures layered over them so they take on a whole new quality. The twist here is they have automated it somewhat. Adding textures to images is a messy business in my opinion. But with their little dirty picture program for Photoshop, it cleans it right up. Oxymoron...no?
Guess I'll be saving my pennies.