2 Day Darkroom Printing Workshop
This two-day film and darkroom processing and printing workshop will guide you through the process of shooting film, processing it, creating a contact sheet and then printing an image in the darkroom which you have shot for you to take home. If you’ve always fancied having a go at shooting film and working in the darkroom but don’t own a film camera I will provide one for you. We’ll take a roll of Ilford film on location in Saltburn by the sea, one of the jewels of the North Yorkshire Coast to get some great shots. Returning back to the studio and darkroom to process the film, produce a contact sheet and create a print of your work to take home.
I have been shooting black and white film now for over 30 years and in 2012 was approached by Ilford Photo to become one of their Analogue Artisan Partners to teach film photography and of course to spread the word about this wonderful medium of photography, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. I keep my darkroom workshops to a very small group, a maximum of two people, allowing plenty of one to one time with me.
What you will learn.
On the first morning, you’ll spend some time getting some great shots in Saltburn by the Sea where I will show you how to assess the correct exposure using a handheld light meter rather than using the camera’s light meter. The consistency of achieving the correct exposure every time is paramount.
Back to the darkroom where you will learn about what chemicals to use and how to mix and use them to process your own film, whilst giving you an overview of the different effects the chemistry, timings and temperatures will have on the finished negative. I’ll show you how to produce a contact sheet, you will go on to create your own from which we can review your images and choose the one you would like to print to take home.
The second day is all about darkroom printing. Having chosen the negative you would like to print I’ll take you through the next stage which is choosing the chemistry and paper selection, I’ll show you how to use an enlarger and explain the importance of safelights. Next, I’ll show you how to make test strips and how to use them to assess how you are going to print your final print which will include paper grade choice, correct exposure, dodging and burning and split grade printing.
The workshop is kept very small to a maximum of two people so that throughout the two days you are encouraged you to ask as many questions as possible so that when you leave you have had a richly rewarding experience, filled with enthusiasm and eager to continue your journey is an analogue photographer and darkroom technician.
“The artisan art of analogue black and white photography is a beautiful, engaging process taking you on an addictive path to expressing yourself and creating an individual piece of art.” Keith Moss.
This workshop would make a great gift for the photographer in your life so if you would like to buy as a gift please get in touch and I can organize a gift voucher for you.
If you have any questions please get in touch on 01287 679655 or email email@example.com I will be happy to help.
CAPACITY: Max: 3 per date
DURATION: 10am – 4pm approx.
WHAT TO BRING: A film camera 35mm or medium format. Or I can provide one if you don’t have one.
NICE TO BRING BUT OPTIONAL:
Wide angle lens, short telephoto lens, ND graduated filter, ND filter, Red, Yellow or Orange filter, Tripod.
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