Whats that all about there is no digital darkroom, not unless you own a digital enlarger!
Are you arguing with Shutterbug Magazine, or refuting industry wide accepted definitions. As technology changes so does conventional definitions. My computer/monitor/printer combination does the same things as my old enlarger/safelight/trays/chemistry did, but with more control and accuracy.
While I agree with you Larry, I think that AJ is doing us a service by pointing out that equipment like this is available. Before she brought this up in another thread, I hadn't even realized that a digital enlarger head could be purchased.
While I'm certain that this isn't news to a professional photographer, this forum is a place for people of all levels of skill and involvement. It's important to note that in the headlong rush into acceptance of new technology, that those things which were worthwhile about the old technology aren't completely abandoned.
Many of us are returning to photography after a period of years and while I personally love my DeskJet and am looking forward to getting an Epson large-format printer, I can appreciate why she argues with Shutterbug magazine and refutes industry wide accepted definitions. That's what the Internet's all about, isn't it? We each have a forum to state our opinions, but we each also decide which things we're going to accept as valid.
Though I personally never (excuse the pun) developed good darkroom skills, there was an undeniable magic which happened under the dim red bulb. Though it's certainly dark inside my printer, it's fundamentally different from the "darkroom experience".
Even though I'll likely never even see a digital enlarger, I'm glad that digital technology is moving into the darkroom as well. When it comes right down to it, it gives us yet another creative choice.
There maybe a load of advantages to printing digitally, but I would probably be willing to pay more for a good wet print than a print from an inkjet, providing it looks good of course.
I use PS all the time, I have yet to use the real darkroom, but I hope to real soon! I have steped inside one, and it is as the name suggests a dark room! The room with my computer in isn't real dark, I could turn the light off but it would hurt my eyes !
There is a DeVere 504 Digital Enlarger, I have read a review of it and the reviewer said it was just about the best quality he had seen from digital. But is so expensive right now they are only realy owned by labs and pros.
What I am saying is call it what you like, but don't call it a darkroom because it isn't one that is somthing else.