Sunday, 11 February 2018

In The Dark About How You Could Afford A Darkroom At Home?

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There isn’t a photographer out there who doesn’t dream of their own darkroom at some stage. There’s no denying that it’s now possible to do a whole wealth of things on a computer with any photographs you take. As such, you could argue that a dark room is no longer a necessity if you want to make a go at photography. This industry, like any other, has changed.

 But, even with that development, the darkroom is by no means a dying art. In fact, this is one of the few times where the real thing will always come out on top. Not to mention that, having control over the development process is all part of the creation. A computer screen can’t beat the smell of developing fluid. And, the finished product generally looks better from a darkroom, too. Admittedly, there are programs now that can do amazing things. But, none of them has yet managed to match the depth of a darkroom creation.

The good news is, there are still public darkrooms for hire in some areas. As such, most photographers get a chance to make use of this. If not, colleges and evening classes can give most of us the access we need. That is, of course, until your photography business gets off the ground. Then, you may struggle to keep up with demand and start thinking about whether you could develop a darkroom of your own. The thought can be daunting. Surely it’ll be expensive and a lot of work? Not necessarily. In fact, we’re going to look at how you could develop a home darkroom on the cheap.

Make use of wasted space

One common worry is where you could even incorporate a dark room. Will you have to give up your spare room, or even extend to make space? Not at all. In truth, the very nature of a darkroom means it’s ideal for fitting into those wasted areas in the home. We’re talking about your attic or your basement. Both are generally set aside for storage, and both would make the ideal spaces for a darkroom setup. Equally, an unused garage would work here. Bear in mind, of course, that you’d need to ensure whichever space you chose was devoid of light. That would mean boarding up, or even getting rid of those attic windows. Even in your garage, a small space in the door could ruin whole rolls of film. Make sure that doesn’t happen by replacing it with options like these panel lift doors. Before you buy, do tests to ensure that no light can sneak in from any gaps. Even in your basement, small holes in your walls will need filling before you can get to work. The good news is, most of these jobs are DIY based. If you want to avoid any significant work, you could always invest in some blackout curtains. If you arrange them to block any possible light, they will work just as well. It doesn’t matter how you do it; just make that space dark!

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Buy second hand

Setting up a private darkroom does not need as much equipment as you might expect. But, there’s no getting past the fact that even that small amount of gear could set you back if you buy it brand new. The good news is, there are plenty of cheaper ways to stock up. For one, you could ask your photographer friends. If they have darkrooms, there’s a decent chance they have some spare pieces they could sell you. If not, head online and look at second-hand options. People are always selling darkroom equipment, and often, they sell everything in a set. After all, putting all those little pieces for sale would take a long old time. So, to save money, people generally stick up a complete darkroom setup for reasonably cheap. Look out n sites like Gumtree, where you can find many of these. Bear in mind that you don’t want to buy broken stuff. Make sure you know what you’re looking for by doing research first. If the equipment seems on the verge of breakage, it may not be such a bargain after all. But, there are sure to be many options which offer perfectly good stuff for not much at all. This is the kind of thing you may also find at second-hand sales, so make sure to look around in every place you can think of. One thing you can’t buy second hand is your development chemicals. When shopping for these, though, you can still look around for the best bargain and ensure you get a reasonable price.

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Make the space pay for itself

The good news is, even the small expenses you do have to make could soon pay for themselves if you nail your photography skills. Remember that this is a business. Hone your skills and do your research to ensure that it pays its way. Every entrepreneur in the world has to pay out before they can see a return, and you’re no different. But, sell a few of your favourite pieces, and you can be sure that you’ll start to make a profit. And, that wouldn’t be possible without your darkroom. If business is slow, you also have the option of hiring the space out to photography friends who don’t yet have an area of their own. This could be a lucrative way to make back your money fast. Consider how much you’ve paid for darkroom use in the past. Then develop an hourly rate which is competitive and fair. You could even ask all your friends to spread the word. Before long, you’ll be making a booming trade. But, be careful not to put money before your art. Book the darkroom up when you should be using it, and you’ll soon turn into a landlord, rather than a photographer. So, try to stick to one session each day at most. Spend the rest of your time developing those photographs of yours. 



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