About the Course
Darkroom Photography will cover the now relatively rare practice of taking pictures using film, developing the film and then learning how to print the negatives to best effect. We will cover the topics of how to get the best negatives when taking your pictures by using correct exposure and development methods. Techniques of shooting with film will be covered and discussed as will image composition and interpretation.
The darkroom is a superb place to become really creative and to create true personal masterpieces. An understanding of the mechanics of film usage and printing from film will be covered exploring all the different ways of printing that will lead to defining your style and vision. The workshops will be as much about being creative as it will be about getting to grips with the basics. A sound knowledge of the basics will inspire you to become bolder in your approach to picture taking and more creative, achieving the images that you have in your mind. Film photography is highly addictive and the course will be vibrant and exciting!
Practical photography sessions will take place featuring landscapes and portraiture. A small fee will be charged to go towards a model's fees in the case of portraiture.
The essence of the course is to learn how to print from film and students will be encouraged to practice picture between classes so as to have material to work on whilst on the course.
Justin Orwin is the course tutor. Justin received his ARPS in 2000 and has worked extensively in photography since that time. He spent 12 years in the wedding photography business and has since worked as a commercial photographer. His love of film and the darkroom print has remained firmly with him throughout the digital world now encountered in photography and he now shoots on a variety of cameras from 35mm, to medium format to 5x4 large format. Portraiture and landscapes are his preferred subjects.
Photography is to be enjoyed. It is a very personal art form and students will be encouraged to develop their own approaches and styles to picture making, at whatever level they wish to operate.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Included in the price is the costs of chemicals necessary for the darkroom. However film stock, papers and other materials are not included. A list of materials required will be supplied and places where they are able to be bought at the best cost. Tea. coffee and biscuits are all included as is good company! We are based in an intriguing Victorian Mill building on the outskirts of Ilminster. There are many photo opportunities here and we have excellent facilities with male & female loos, a meeting room, kitchen and ample space to relax as well as two photography studios where prints can be presented for discussion.
Please be aware that by it's nature darkroom work does involve the use and handling of some semi toxic chemicals. In the main they are harmless but should be treated with respect and due care. Some people can react to these chemicals and if that is the case should not book themselves on the course.
Payment for the term (6 weeks) is payable in total at time of booking and is non refundable. Due to darkroom space being limited the course has space for only 4 people so spaces are valuable.
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.