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The stellar thing about manual controls on digital cameras is that you can get a "feel" for the compromises and advantages of various combinations of settings very quickly. What took a big chunk of every project during semester with a K1000, limited exposures, and darkroom time (where you had yet another chance to make a dog's breakfast of your photo) can now be "taught" in a day and internalized in a week or two of appropriate exercises with fast feedback loops.

Sure, almost all of the work will be boring, derivative, and pedestrian, but the teacher's job (and how they will be judged) then becomes one of improving the quality of the artwork.

Yes, certainly. I've seen the Photoshop 'curves' tool used to explain film characteristic curves and shadow placement before now - and it saves time when still using the K1000s! Students in UK Colleges learn film as well as digital.

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