This research paper hereby analyzes the impact of Adobe Photoshop on traditional photography techniques and also highlights its possible consequences.
The traditional techniques involved in the process of photograph development in a darkroom are much time consuming, slow and tough in comparison to the fastidious and smooth logging in the Adobe Photoshop, but it is also an undeniable fact that when a real image become visible, out of nowhere, on the plain photo paper provides a sense of accomplishment to any photographer. While on other hand it is true that operating in a color darkroom comes with its very own difficulties as compared to operating in the black & white, which usually accompanies much more details, color disturbance and totality darkness but on the other hand, development of a photograph in Adobe Photoshop comprises of working in a comfortable environment while sipping a coffee and avoids the direct exposure of hazardous chemicals.
In old technique, the measures to be taken to attain the desired print are decided post creation of a contact sheet and the exposure testing's which is done via test strips whereas, the Photoshop has replaced this Hit & Try technology with its up to date modern digital technology. The processes of Dodging and burning, which are considered as tiresome processes in the darkroom are completed with use of Photoshop in couple of minutes and that too with equivalent results. For black and white photographers, the darkroom is the site of at least half the action. Operating in a color darkroom entails an immense dedication on the part of the photographer, both in expressions of point in time and money. The operations of a color darkroom are quite costly as compared to the black & white darkroom, not merely in the materials involved but as well in the equipment mandatory to fabricate superior output.
The most significant feature about processing color in a darkroom is temperature control, the temperature gauge at all times is ought to be under ' of 100', there are many instances of likewise operations that are needed to be out looked carefully while developing photo in a Darkroom regardless of Black & white or Color where as in Photoshop, the photo development is just few clicks away, with its advanced inbuilt tools it can correct, enhance, crop, enlarge and produce an equivalent quality. The new technology provided by the Adobe Photoshop has replaced the concept of different darkrooms for different photos making photographers work easier. These days, digital techniques which in no way needs temperature control, working with chemicals, expensive machines like enlargers, are getting more popular among amateur as well as professional photographers.