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Short Course

Beginners Photography Film & Darkroom Short Course

College
Central Saint Martins

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.

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 SLRs 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

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

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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.

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.

Printing paper will be supplied at the start of the course. Your tutor will then advise you on the appropriate paper to buy for your individual project, available from local retailers.

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