Watch How Common Photoshop Tricks Were Done in the Darkroom

By Michael Hession on at

As yesterday-into-today's Dress-gate has shown, editing a photo is as easy as clicking a mouse with the modern magic of Photoshop. But another type of magic dominated when the only option was a darkroom and enlarger.Some of us remember these days well, but for the young 'uns out there, this Lynda.com demo shows just how photo editing went down in the film days.

No, you won't find equivalents of Photoshop's magic wand or clone stamp, with dodging and burning are the most well-known darkroom analogies. Other less obvious Photoshop actions can be performed in a darkroom. though – masking, feathering and gradients are some of the ones covered off in this video:

If you've never worked in a darkroom before, I highly recommend a watch for a completely different way of working with photographs that most youngsters have never experienced. It looks laborious, but trust me, it's loads of fun. [ISO 1200]


This article originally appeared on Reframe, a Gizmodo blog full of gear, opinion and amazing photography for boundless picture-takers