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player that I want to tell you about is myself, both as an artist,
and as a photography educator. As an artist, I am a shameless opportunist.
In terms of technology I have few allegiances. As an example of this
I want to confess to you that in the early nineties I committed the
grave sin of trading my beautiful Leica M4P for a Nikon SLR and a
few lenses. And now, even worse, I am considering selling my hard-earned
Hasselblad equipment in order to be able to afford a DSLR. In my practice
I have integrated the best that analog and digital have to offer to-date
to my advantage. I shoot 4x5 sheet film, have drum scans made, I edit
and transform the images using current software (btw I still use Live
Picture running on Mac OS 9), and then I return the images to 4x5
negative film using a LightJet 2000 laser film recorder. My 4x5 negatives
yield beautiful large size colour prints. You may ask why I don't
have my large prints made through an inkjet printer, and the answer
is simple: cost, because colour darkroom prints are still much cheaper
when I make them myself, and I have complete control of colour and
tone. You may think that I am suggesting that there is a lack of control
over final print colour and tone when printing digitally. Well, yes.
It is indeed more difficult to get what you want unless you implement
full colour management, and that can be expensive and labour intensive.