Shooting and Developing Film | You Don’t Need a Darkroom!

This workshop provides a combination of theoretical training and hands-on practice with shooting, developing and scanning your own black and white film, all without the use of a darkroom!

What's Covered

We will start out with a theory session, covering the basics of shooting with black and white film. We will look at how to work with different film types, how to correctly and creatively expose film and you will get to know your camera and how to control it manually.

 

We will then load up our film cameras and head out on a photo walk together to explore the alleyways of Alserkal Avenue, shooting the industrial spaces and some portraits along the way.

After shooting, we’ll come back to the studio to learn how to hand develop our freshly shot film using a kit. We will take you through the film developing process step by step, learning how to prepare films, and the specifics of the chemical process and the importance of time and temperature.

 

Whilst our developed negatives are drying, the instructor will equip you with the knowledge and skills to efficiently digitalise your negatives at home using a scanner. We will discuss the best practices for scanning, including resolution, saving image files and file management. The instructor will end the session with a short demonstration of basic scanning.

 

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and our experienced instructor will arm you with plenty of tips and tricks along the way. At the end of the class, you will take away your very own hand-developed film.

We will start out with a theory session, covering the basics of shooting with black and white film. We will look at how to work with different film types, how to correctly and creatively expose film and you will get to know your camera and how to control it manually.

 

We will then load up our film cameras and head out on a photo walk together to explore the alleyways of Alserkal Avenue, shooting the industrial spaces and some portraits along the way.

After shooting, we’ll come back to the studio to learn how to hand develop our freshly shot film using a kit. We will take you through the film developing process step by step, learning how to prepare films, and the specifics of the chemical process and the importance of time and temperature.

 

Whilst our developed negatives are drying, the instructor will equip you with the knowledge and skills to efficiently digitalise your negatives at home using a scanner. We will discuss the best practices for scanning, including resolution, saving image files and file management. The instructor will end the session with a short demonstration of basic scanning.

 

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and our experienced instructor will arm you with plenty of tips and tricks along the way. At the end of the class, you will take away your very own hand-developed film.

what's included
  • 6-hour workshop, a mix of therory and practical exercises
  • Printed Notes
  • 6-hour workshop, a mix of therory and practical exercises
  • Printed Notes
who should attend

Suitable for all levels of film photography, although a foundation in the principles of photography (through film or digital) is required.

You should have a thorough understanding of ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how all of these relate to each other to achieve an ideal exposure. If you are not familiar with these terms, enrol for our Photography Level 1 workshop. Whilst the Photography Level 1 workshop is digital camera based, it will equip you with the key technical photography knowledge required of the aperture triangle, which is transferrable to film photography.

Suitable for all levels of film photography, although a foundation in the principles of photography (through film or digital) is required.

You should have a thorough understanding of ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how all of these relate to each other to achieve an ideal exposure. If you are not familiar with these terms, enrol for our Photography Level 1 workshop. Whilst the Photography Level 1 workshop is digital camera based, it will equip you with the key technical photography knowledge required of the aperture triangle, which is transferrable to film photography.

What to bring
  • Your Film Camera (35mm or 120) - Preferably a manual film camera but not essential.
  • Lens(es) for your camera.
  • An ILFORD HP5 (ASA400) Black and White Film for your camera (available to purchase from the GPP store here). 
  • Batteries for your film camera (Some cameras require specific types of batteries, make sure to double check and buy new ones before the workshop!)
  • Notebook & Pen

OPTIONAL

  • A developing kit – check out our recommended kit linked here. We will provide kits for the class that will be shared between 3 students, but if you wish to use your own, please procure the materials in the link provided.
  • A light meter
  • Your Film Camera (35mm or 120) - Preferably a manual film camera but not essential.
  • Lens(es) for your camera.
  • An ILFORD HP5 (ASA400) Black and White Film for your camera (available to purchase from the GPP store here). 
  • Batteries for your film camera (Some cameras require specific types of batteries, make sure to double check and buy new ones before the workshop!)
  • Notebook & Pen

OPTIONAL

  • A developing kit – check out our recommended kit linked here. We will provide kits for the class that will be shared between 3 students, but if you wish to use your own, please procure the materials in the link provided.
  • A light meter
Cancellation Policy
  • If cancelled 7 days prior to the start of your workshop, you will be issued a 90% refund or may be rescheduled to another date(s).
  • If cancelled a minimum of 3 days (72 hours) prior to the start of your workshop, no refund is possible, but you may be rescheduled to another workshop date(s).
  • If cancelled less than 3 days (72 hours) in advance of your workshop, no refund and no reschedule is possible.
Please Note: Our classes are open to ANY brand of camera: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fuji and any other intermediate to advanced cameras (As long as they have manual controls i.e. NOT point-and-shoots) are welcome!

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