B&W Photography - Film & Darkroom
The course is suitable for beginners, or anyone with a basic understanding of photography, who would like to improve their camera handling skills, explore the many possibilities that a B&W darkroom has to offer, and develop a greater appreciation of the medium...
Taught by: Chris Ould.
The course is suitable for beginners, or anyone with a basic understanding of photography, who would like to improve their camera handling skills, explore the many possibilities that a B&W darkroom has to offer, and develop a greater appreciation of the medium.
During the course there will be:
- Slideshow lectures covering topics such as composition and framing techniques, creative camera control, exposure and how to use a flash, which will help build your picture making skills.
- Sessions spent in the darkroom that give you the opportunity to develop B&W films and print your own images by experimenting with different types of paper, multi-grade filters, colour toners, and printing techniques such as photograms or solarisation.
- Assignments set at the end of each session that encourage you to explore some popular themes in your own time and receive valuable feedback from your tutor.
While digital cameras and scanning colour and B&W film will be discussed, the practical part of this course will be dedicated to working with your own negatives in the darkroom to explore printing techniques. By the end of the course you will have learnt new processes and discovered different ways of creating images by experimenting and making mistakes. You will have lots of photographs, a keen eye and a better understanding with which to continue your practice.
Requirements: Ideally, you should bring your own film camera to use, although the CSM photography department has 35mm SLR’s that could be used for the duration of the course.
This course is for you if:
- You are a complete beginner
- You have some experience using digital cameras, but want to explore the possibilities that a B&W darkroom has to offer
Chris Ould is an artist and experienced tutor who has worked within the photography department at Central St. Martin’s College for over 15 years. Since graduating from the MA Fine Art programme in 1999, he has continued to make his own work and has taught across a broad range of short courses, BA and Post-Graduate programmes, as well as public and private institutions. He have also worked as a Freelance Lecturer, delivering talks and workshops that address photo-editing skills within the digital print arena to several fashion retouching companies, and has been a reviewer on several books on photography.
View his website now: http://chrisouldarchive.com/
Please bring with you to the first session:
- 35mm film camera
And also one of the following:
- Fully Manual camera with a separate light meter
- Semi-Automatic camera (light meter incorporated)
- Automatic camera with a manual setting
- The instruction manual if possible, (this is strongly recommended for the latest types)
- The college has several SLR cameras you may also use, but you are advised to bring your own. You may also wantt to wait for the first session when your tutor will give you advice on what to buy
- Black and White film such aslford HP5Delta 400, Kodak TRI-X, T-Max 400, Agfa Pan APX 400 and Fuji Neopan 400