For anyone who’s ever wanted to try film photography, this is the class for you. The intensive day-long workshop will take you step-by-step through the full process of shooting, processing and developing 35mm film from your SLR or rangefinder camera (a number of these can be rented for $10 per class if students don’t own one). After meeting at the designated darkroom, you’ll learn to load your camera, followed by a refresher on shooting mechanics and how to use your light meter. Then, you’ll shoot a roll of film in the surrounding neighborhood before returning to the darkroom to process the film using a film reel and developing tank. You’ll also make contact prints and enlarge negatives onto traditional darkroom paper, so you can take home a beautiful 8 x 10 print that you created from start to finish! Lunch break will be included; students should feel free to bring their lunch or dine in one of the nearby restaurants or cafes.
Who should take this class:
Intermediate and experienced digital shooters who want to try shooting film. Anyone interested in the overall process of analog film capture, processing and printing in a classic darkroom setting.
What to bring:
Bring your film-based 35mm SLR or rangefinder camera if you have one. We do have a limited number of cameras available for rental at $10 per class. Since this is an all-day class we will have a lunch break, so you might want to bring lunch. There are restaurants and cafés nearby as well.
Masks are required for this class. Students will be asked to wear masks while inside the darkroom at all times.
If you've never taken photos in manual mode, we highly recommend taking 1 Day Workout: Camera Warm-Up! or Digital Photo I, or at the very least Crash Course: Camera Basics, prior to taking this class.
Materials provided (included in cost of the class):
- 1 roll of black and white film (400 ISO, 24 exp)
- All resin-coated photographic paper
- All development chemistry
- Optional camera rental available