Digital Witchcraft

Digital Witchcraft is one of the most hysterical comparisons that has been made to date, to me on social media when sharing and displaying some of my photographic work. It has of course now inspired me to find a humorous way of sharing the stupidity of that comment.


Digital witchcraft and a image of a leopard in a tree


Let’s start with at least accepting, understanding and agreeing with each other than any digital image needs to be developed or “edited” in some way once it has been taken. For those that want to argue with me between the original darkroom and the digital darkroom, please take a breath and let me get to you. First, let’s address the two very obvious ways that developing / editing can be done. 

  • In-Camera adjustments – saturation, tone, contrast, and sharpness (Embedded in a JPG file)
  • Software – saturation, tone, contrast, sharpness, shadow/highlights and maybe dodge and burn (Raw file converted to JPG)

These show the process, RAW, Camera JP and my image developed in Canons free RAW converter.

Digital witchcraft and a image of a leopard in a tree


Again, I must reiterate that ANY digital file needs to be developed, its just the way it is and the way digital files are. If you still.l want to argue, stop reading now 🙂 Well let’s give you another example to disbelieve 🙂

Digital witchcraft and a image of wildebeest


These show the process, RAW, Camera JP and my image developed in Canons free RAW converter.


Digital Witchcraft

So now let us get to the debate of the Darkroom VS the Digital Darkroom

The Darkroom Process – What you should really know and understand.

In most darkrooms, an enlarger, an optical apparatus similar to a slide projector, that projects light through the image of a negative onto a base, finely controls the focus, intensity, and duration of light is used for printmaking.

Sounds like the exposure control after the image was taken and the sharpness is adjusted

During exposure, values in the image can be adjusted, most often by “dodging” (reducing the amount of light to a specific area of an image by selectively blocking light to it for part or all of the exposure time) and/or “burning” (giving additional exposure to specific area of an image by exposing only it while blocking light to the rest).

Sounds also like shadow and highlights can be adjusted in the darkroom

One method of photographic printing, called “split filter printing,” is where the photographer determines two separate exposure times using two separate filters (typically a 0 or 00, and a 5) to create a single print. This method allows the photographer to achieve a broad tonal range, with detailed highlights and rich blacks.

Here it is contrast, exposure, and the black/white points can be adjusted

The last point of film photography would be the types of film, chemicals, and paper you would use would affect the end result also this in the tone, tint, and colour.

So this was a simple and I hope an effective way to show all of those who continually argue and fight about digital images not being edited or needing to be that you must and need to develop them.

Two other article I have written may also be of interest to you

All the lost souls

Purist or Creative

Have an awesome day and keep creating images with imagination

Peace – AA

Information and research done through Wikipedia.