Film photography

Introduction to film photography


Photographic film is a plastic strip–the film strip–coated with a gelatin filled with tiny light-sensitive crystals. A film camera briefly exposes sections of this plastic film strip to light, which is imprinted into these crystals to form your exposure.

In almost every household present a dusty old film camera. Parents and grandparents made their memories with these devices. Most of these cameras are still working, ready to take outside and have some fun.  This workshop aims to teach how to use 35mm and/or 120 (medium format) film cameras.

Course Content :

  • Camera types
  • Film types and sizes
  • Effects of different apertures and shutter times
  • Film camera functions
  • Metering
  • Loading and unloading film
  • B&W Filters
  • Developing possibilities (cross process, pulling, pushing)
  • Scanning negatives

Digital photographers have the luxury of snapping dozens of pictures for every scene that catches their eye. Analogue photographers have to be much more cautious, as every exposure is much more precious (and more costly). Many will argue that this scarcity of photos to take is actually a benefit to one’s photography since it forces the photographer to work with much more foresight, patience, and direction.

You are welcome to bring along any 35mm or medium format camera. If you don’t have any please let me know forward and I lend you one of mines. I provide you a roll of film to practice loading/unloading.

The workshop takes place at the Factory Studios in Bournemouth. The workshops can accommodate 4 participants (aged 14 or above) at the same time.

Price: £70/person

For dates please check my Workshop Calendar

For further information or to book over the phone, please call me on 07588 940490
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I also provide One to one tuition in film photography. Just give me a ring for more information!
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