Two day film & darkroom masterclass course

Dates Subject Location Duration Persons Cost
Mar-Nov Landscape Perthshire 2 Days 3 max £350
Mar-Nov Seascape Perthshire 2 Days 3 max £350
Mar-Nov Still Life Perthshire 2 Days 3 max £350
Mar-Nov Portraiture Perthshire 2 Days 3 max £350

This two day course is suitable for beginners learning the art of film photography and traditional darkroom printing. Taking place at my custom built darkroom in rural Perthshire, you will spend the first day shooting  and developing black and white film. On the second day, you will learn basic darkroom skills leading on to creating and toning a fine art print to take home with you.

Day one starts with coffee and introductions, after which we will venture out into the outdoors or in my studio to shoot a roll of black and white film.  Once shooting is complete, we will head back to my darkroom to develop the film using two different methods then break for lunch. After lunch, we make a contact print and a scan test to compare. We will select the best image then spend time learning how to make test strips.

Day two will be based in the darkroom. In the morning we will progress from the basic test strip to learn split grade printing where we will fine tune for the final image. After lunch, we will spend time on your prints looking and deceiding how to enhance the print using didging & burning and sepia toning to produce a fine art – archival print to take home with you.

What’s included

Camera*, film, light meter, paper & chemicals, aprons, gloves. (*you may use your own camera) Nespresso coffee and home baking

What’s not included

Lunch, soft drinks, accommodation

Skill you will learn

How to meter the scene using a handheld light meter
How to load film into developing tank
How to process a roll of film
How to produce a contact sheet
How to do basic dodging & burning

MAX PERSONS: 3
COURSE DURATION: 10am – 5pm
LOCATION: Craigdallie Studios, The Braes, Craigdallie, Perth & Kinross PH14 9QT
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: Packed lunch, suitable clothing footwear for outdoors.
NOTE: Aprons, gloves etc are provided, but you should be aware that you will be working with chemicals which may stain clothes so please bear this in mind. Whilst the chemicals used are safe, if you have or are prone to breathing difficulties, this course may not be suitable for you.