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Beginners Photography

Beginners Photography

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Bill Blanco


The photography course is for beginners who seek an introduction to both camera handling skills and black-and-white darkroom techniques, whether for personal enjoyment or for studying photography in the future. Alongside practical work, assignments and lectures on historical and contemporary artwork will explore the technical and aesthetic possibilities of photography.

Topics covered

  • Camera operation
  • Principles of exposure
  • Film development
  • Printing and picture content

While digital cameras will be discussed, the practical part of this course will be devoted to working with your negatives in the darkroom to build. printing techniques.


By the end of the course you will have a pile of photographs, gone through a lot of experimentation (and mistakes), and should have developed a keen eye with which to continue your practice.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

This is not a digital photography course and it only focuses on 35mm film photography.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Bill Blanco is an experienced tutor in the photography department at Central Saint Martins.


Please bring with you to the first session:

A 35mm film camera, which can be one of the following:

  • Fully manual with a separate light meter
  • Semi-automatic (light meter incorporated)
  • OR automatic with a manual setting

Black and White film such as:

  • Ilford
  • HP5Delta 400
  • Kodak TRI-X
  • T-Max 400
  • Agfa Pan APX 400
  • Fuji Neopan 400.

Please also bring the instruction manual if possible, (this is strongly recommended for the latest types)

The college has some SLR cameras, which you may be able to use, but you are advised to bring your own. You may also want to wait for the first session when your tutor will give you advice on what to buy.

Available dates