New digital darkroom

I took a photography class when I was a senior at T.C. Williams High School during the 1971-72 school year. (Yep, that’s the same year featured in the movie “Remember the TItans.”) I can’t remember whether the class was a semester class or full year class, but I remember the teacher was Mr. Wendall Swain, Head Baseball coach.

We used analog cameras to shoot 35mm black-and-white film; we learned how to develop the film and make prints in a darkroom. Toward the end of the class, we learned to develop 35mm color slide film. We never worked with color film and color printing because it was, and maybe still is, too technical to be practical for a high school photography class.

Fast forward 50 years to the modern era of digital photography. My how things have changed in photography! Now a software application running on some type of computer is the new “darkroom.”

I bought a new Apple iMac computer in 2009 as a retirement gift for myself. Years later, I was given a MacBook Air. I always assumed the “Air” is running a newer version of Mac OS. Wrong-o, silicon breath! (An homage to Johnny Carson.) I discovered recently both computers are running the same system software that can’t be updated. At that point I knew it was time — arguably long past time — to update my “digital darkroom.”

So I ordered a new 2020 Apple MacBook Air M1 plus an array of accessories. The new laptop computer should arrive sometime during mid-January 2021; all of the accessories will arrive sooner.

I’m looking forward to being able use the new gear to do all of the things that I have been unable to do due to the limitations of my older computer technology. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story. (See what I did there?)

4 Responses to “New digital darkroom”

  1. picpholio Says:

    I wish you lots of succes and pleasure with your new digital darkroom. 😉

  2. Mike Powell Says:

    Congratulations on your new “darkroom,” Walter. It will almost certainly speed up some of your processing of images and there may well be new features in the newer versions of software that you never realized were missing in the versions that you were using.

  3. Sherry Felix Says:

    Why a laptop instead of something with a larger screen for photo editing? I have both a PC and a laptop and find I don’t use the laptop for photo editing because the screen is too small (17 inches). I will use it when I travel.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Good question, Sherry! I didn’t disclose my entire diabolical plan. I already ordered a dock (should be delivered today) and plan to order a 24″ external monitor after the crush of holiday packages has passed. That set-up should give me the best of both worlds — portability plus a larger screen for editing photos.

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