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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Estelle Vincent
  • Course Code C24PGYA12A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

If you are interested in analogue photography this course is just for you, as it focuses on SLR film cameras and black and white film processing. During this practical course you will learn the basic functions and controls of an analogue camera and will understand exposure and light metering. You will take photographs using an SLR film camera and your own black and white film; you will learn how to process the film in our black and white darkroom. The course will also cover information on different film types, as well as formats. During the first week, there will be a location photo shoot near the College where you will take photographs finishing a roll of black and white film. Between the sessions you will be given tips to get you photographing and using your camera, while thinking of your subjects in black and white. This course also includes an introduction to black and white printing, in terms of contact sheets and a basic enlargement producing a print. At the end of the course, you will be able to understand how your camera works and set it up according to your needs using manual controls and choosing a suitable film type, as well as processing black and white film, and creating contact sheets and a print. Please contact Niki Sianni for any further information

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic functions and controls of an analogue camera
  • Understand exposure and different film types
  • Process Black and White film safely
  • Produce a contact sheet and a B/W print in the darkroom

Class format and activities

This is a hands-on practical course and will be delivered in our well-equipped B&W wet darkroom in Chelsea Centre. You will learn actively and will practice the demonstrated skills during the sessions with continuous support by the tutor.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for those who have a basic understanding of photography

What you need to know before you enrol

This is an outline of the course’s structure Week 1: Camera skills followed by location photoshoot Week 2: Film processing Week 3: Introduction to b/w darkroom printing – contact sheet Week 4: Printing from a negative

What you need

You will need to bring a black and white film, preferably Ilford HP5 400 ISO that you will shoot in the first session. Ideally you will have your own SLR film camera, but if you do not, you could borrow one of ours to use on the location photo shoot near the College on the 1st week. You will also need a small quantity of black and white paper that you can either bring with you, or buy in the darkroom

What you can do next

You can join the Black and White Darkroom printing workshop, or the Developing Photography skills course