For the past several years, I’ve used iPhoto for nearly all of my personal photography editing needs.

I’ve tried out the various demos of Aperture and Lightroom and Photoshop. I simply have not been able to fully convince myself to spend the money for one.

I think one of the reasons I’ve never been able to persuade myself to purchase one of the “major” editors stems from my practice of striving to make my photo in-camera as much as possible and only using the editor for final, minute tweaks.

iPhoto is perfectly capable of giving a well-made exposure the final tuning it needs for printing. It cannot however salvage a poor image. The “I’ll fix it in Photoshop” attitude has always rubbed me the wrong way.

Ducking into Hastings last night, I was perusing B&W Magazine and was excited to find these sentiments mirrored somewhat by one of the authors expounding on the reasons he preferred film photography and silver gelatin printing.

One of the reasons was he felt Photoshop gave people too much control over the image.

For the time being, I am happy to shoot my film, scan the negs and print digitally. There is no possibility of me having a darkroom at this point in time, however I can definitely see the time coming when I will want to be able to make my own traditional, wet darkroom prints again.

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