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.

Description

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. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Composition & framing techniques
  • Creative camera control
  • Exposure & how to use a flash
  • B&W film development
  • B&W printing using resin-coated & fibre-based papers
  • Creating photograms & solarising images
  • Finishing techniques, such as toning & re-spotting prints

These will be supplemented by 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 B&W 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

Tutor information

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/


Materials

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

Including:

  • 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

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
10/01/2017 - 14/03/2017Tuesdays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
20/04/2017 - 22/06/2017Thursdays18:30 - 21:0010 Weeks£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
10/07/2017 - 14/07/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
07/08/2017 - 11/08/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket