I’m never sure whether it’s better for me to answer questions in the comments right in the comments, or in another post.
Anyway, these questions seem to be more general, so I’ll just write another post.
How often do you print? And are you finding the time between printing sessions longer than they were? I find it too easy to accumulate digital images and do little or nothing with them – unless I load them up on the web.
Related to this, how would it work if the digital images you took were modified and displayed on the web in a manner that approached the way in which they would print out?
I try to make prints at least once a week, because that seems to keep the printer happy. But that’s not really what you want to know – what you want to know is how long does it go before I have a printing binge. Generally that’s about once a month. That’s about how long I would go between runs of darkroom sessions as well, although I generally fired up the darkroom every couple of weeks just to keep in practice – yet again keeping the printer in trim.
I like prints, and so far I haven’t gotten to the point where I’m willing to live without them. There are a lot of limitations to web display, let alone to display on a big monitor.
Paul, I’d be interested in what you have to say w.r.t. your enjoyment of the different phases. Particularly since you mention that you need to be in the mood to work well.
Oh, I enjoy it all. I like being out with the camera, and I like sitting at the computer editing images even more than I liked working in the darkroom – and I enjoyed working in the darkroom quite a lot. The only part of the photographic process I’ve never liked was processing film – it’s a perfectly horrid combination of being deadly boring and requiring great care to avoid mistakes and get the best possible results. Processing film is a task for which robots are admirably suited, and if I could have justified the price and space, I’d have bought an automated Jobo to process all my film.
The thing of it is that the various tasks are different, and I’m often in the mood for one when I’m quite definitely not in the mood for the others. The fact that I can let work accumulate at any stage definitely works in my favor.