When I was first starting out as a photographer, I thought the world was black and white because that's all we could do in our home darkrooms. Color was something very mysterious and unapproachable except in Kodachrome slides and drugstore prints. Everything else had to be done in custom lab. But as time went on the world totally changed. With the advent of digital cameras and the virtual darkroom they made possible, color was easily and affordably in the grasp of anyone who wanted to try. Of course this also put a premium on understanding how to control color, first in terms of having computer monitors and printers color managed so what you see on the screen is what the printer produces, but also in terms of how to use color creatively.
But then the hardest part was to really understand how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together, and for a while this was a moving target. Different computer operating systems had different ways of managing color, and sometimes they would change their rules without letting their partners know well enough in advance. For years this was a problem among Adobe (maker of Photoshop), Epson (maker of professional-grade printers) and Apple.
How I Learned About Photography
My first camera was a Kodak Brownie (and it was brown). I had a tiny darkroom set up in the bathroom I shared with my sister. To keep from spoiling my film, I had to stuff towels along the bottom of the door to keep light from leaking in.
What is Fine Art Photography?
Some people think photography, especially digital photography, is a less worthy art form than, say, painting. Both are used to create two-dimensional images, though with very different tools and techniques.