Re: Green Photography

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Posted by Tom Gartman on May 09, 2005 at 18:17:34:

In Reply to: Green Photography posted by Cathy on April 10, 2005 at 18:18:41:

I am a Professional wedding photographer. I shoot both film and digital, depending on the demands of the job. When hiring a digital photographer, remember that digital images are not as sharp or as color accurate as medium format film, unless your photographer has managed to come up with a 110 mega pixel camera. The use of chemicals in digital print production is highly subjective. Some labs make conventional prints from digital images, so the only chemistry you are avoiding is that used to develop the film; which is about one twentieth the amount used for most small prints. Once again, quality comes into play. An ink jet print is highly susceptible to damage from environmental factors like temperature, humidity, UV, and air pollution. Ink jet prints are liquids sprayed onto an absorbent medium, so they will loose sharpness over the years, even if they are sealed because the paper will continue to absorb them. A photographer using a legitimate professional lab, digital or conventional, will be able to provide you with long-lasting quality pictures for you and your family to enjoy for many generations. Federal laws are quite specific and quite stringent about disposal of waste photographic chemistry and your photographer, no matter the media, is likely to generate significantly less damage to the environment than the limo. Please donít just assume that because a photographer wields a digital camera that no chemicals will be used to make the pictures. If the job is done right, chemicals will be used just as if film were used.

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