Welcome to my domain, Makeshiftdarkroom.com. Photography has always been one of my passions, here is where that passion is collectively assembled. This site showcases my finest photographic works and represents the sphere of all that is "Photographically" Ron Medeiros. If you can tear your attention away from social media long enough to enjoy a good photo blog, my "Featured Photograph" page is updated daily.

Photographers have their own personal approach to photography. It is my belief that fine art / creative photography, in its truest sense, should include the use of the available controls within the entire system of photography. These controls include, not only the camera, but the all important refinement of post-production. It is through the use of these controls, in their entirety, that the creative photographer critically executes the fine finished image. Using this approach, the photographer's unique personal touch is entirely involved in the art of "making" a photograph, from start to finish. This, over the years, has been my approach to photography. Each photograph in my gallery has been painstakingly refined to represent my highest standard of image quality.




Why did I choose the name Makeshift Darkroom? It characterizes my earlier formative years practicing photography in the darkroom. No better word than "makeshift" could be used to describe every home darkroom I have ever had. Yet, this was where my work was done. In a barely adequate setting with only the bare essentials like running water, an enlarger, print trays, and a safe light I would mix my chemistry and undertake printing sessions that would last late into the evenings. This is where I learned the art of fine print making. Old school printmakers who have spent years with their hands in the developer are a vanishing bread in our rapidly changing digital age.

I chose the darkroom theme as it best reflects my "creative control" approach to photography. The darkroom is where creative control lives; it is where photographs are made. The darkroom has always been my favorite part of photography, making up most of the creative process. Having spent thousands of hours working under the safe light, I have been as much at home in the darkroom as anywhere else. Custom printing my own photographs, to me, has been quintessential to the photographic process. Carefully composing and capturing images with a camera is very important, but is only the first part of photography. When practicing photography as an art form we must not neglect the second part. The creative controls available in the darkroom are indispensable to making good exposures into fine photographs. This is what puts the "fine" in fine art photography. "Fine print quality is king"! Master photographer Ansel Adams once wrote, "Perhaps the most important characteristic of my work is what may be called print quality".

In more recent years I have strongly embraced digital photography and this same principle holds true. The "digital darkroom" has given me exceptional control and freedom in the world of color photography. The control I have enjoyed in the black and white darkroom is now afforded, to an even greater degree, in glorious color. Digital color photography therefore, has become my creative medium.

Any print making skills I have acquired have come out of the countless hours spent rocking trays in the "makeshift darkroom". I have fond memories of all the late nights in the amber light watching the images emerge in the developer. The name "Makeshift Darkroom", therefore, serves as a suitable title to encompass all that is "photographically" Ron Medeiros.




Ron Medeiros

I became interested in photography at the early age of twelve when I saw a clip art advertizement in a department store flyer for a Minolta SRT mc II 35mm camera (which I soon acquired). I studied photography at Rhode Island School of Photography and went on to do my share of freelance work. I prefer not to use the term "professional photographer" – all that really means is that someone earns a living with their camera. Instead, I like to refer to myself as a true "amateur" photographer. The word amateur is from the Latin verb, "to love" (amo, amas, amat) and it's original meaning has to do with motivation and not quality. An "amateur" is a person who does a thing simply for the love of it.– and it is desire that best fuels excellence.

My photographic style is to use only the basic tools and techniques in the "digital darkroom" to accomplish what I've always wanted to do in working with the analog color photography of the past (RA-4). I seldom ever take it any further than that. I try to stay away from the over processed surreal effect of today's "digital wizardry." I take digital photo-editing up to a certain limit and then no further in order to preserve a "real" photograph look. My goal is to render images that look like they were captured on transparency film, under the most ideal conditions and in the best quality of light– with a full and realistic dynamic range (you know, that wonderful stuff called "highlight and shadow detail"). I generally make use of only simple adjustment layers and only composite images to achieve a realistic dynamic range or to preserve details that were present in the viewfinder at capture. I do not "Frankenstein" images together from different locals to create something that does not or did not exist (like those perfect rainbows that are used and reused). This common practice of digital "image smithing" may be "art" and it may create images that are very beautiful, but it is not really photography in the traditional sense, even though it is sold as such. My subject matter is somewhat divers but I am best described as a scenic and natural landscape photographer. I have always been, and continue to be, an avid outdoorsman and free-spirited enthusiast with a love for making fine photographs. In terms of credentials, my work speaks for itself.

Rhode Island School of Photography 1983-85

Fine Print Maker – Analog / Digital

Freelance Photographer – Assignments / Expeditions / Documentary




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