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Beginners Photography Film & Darkroom

Course 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.

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: You should bring your own film camera to use, although the College has 35mm SLR’s that you may be able to borrow for the first sessions of the course. If you are unsure of what to buy you can wait for the first session, when the tutor can give you advice.

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

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Materials

Please bring a film camera with you to the first session. This can be:

  • Fully Manual camera with a separate light meter
  • Semi-Automatic camera (light meter incorporated)
  • Automatic camera with a manual setting

Note: The College has 35mm SLR's that you may be able to borrow for the initial part of the course. If you are unsure of what to but you can wait for the first session, when the tutor can give you advice.

Details

Topics covered:

  • 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.

Reviews

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"I currently work in the fashion industry and Im an artist using photography as my primary medium. This course gave me the structure I was looking for, and it pushed my practice to the next level. The best part was to collaborate - the class was very eclectic. We were all from different jobs, backgrounds, ages, countries, and each one us had our distinctive styles."
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A beginners photography course for those who would like to improve their film camera handling skills, explore the many possibilities a black and white darkroom has to offer, and develop a greater appreciation of the medium.

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