Exposing and Developing Black & White Films

This class is designed to introduce participants to the art of black & white photographic films. We begin with a Friday night orientation and discussion about a variety of B&W films. The discussion includes fact sheets, handouts & info about film speeds, film characteristics, & lighting conditions. Approximate length of session: 2-3 hours, suggested time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday morning, we help the group expose their film in different lighting conditions with a variety of subject matter, inside & outside. After lunch, it is on to the darkroom to learn how to develop the film. The basics of film development are covered in a demonstration & practice session.

Then, each participant develops his/her two rolls of film with the guidance of the instructor(s). Later, after the film dries, the participant makes contact sheets of the negatives to take home with the negatives. Morning session: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Afternoon session: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Approximate times given; length depends upon class size & interests.)

There are discussion periods sprinkled throughout the workshop schedule where participants get individual guidance & group input. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop, and two rolls of film are provided to each person. Handouts and teaching materials highlight the demonstrations and hands-on approach. Participants must have a 35mm camera with manual controls or setting. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Class is limited to 8 participants.

If you are a part of a group that wants to host a workshop for your area, please contact us concerning the requirements for location & equipment. A darkroom/lab with a totally light-tight film changing room is needed, and 2-3 enlarger stations are needed to make contact sheets for this class. Running water that can be temperature controlled is recommended.

Workshop Fee: $150 per person at the Hattiesburg, MS location, Deposit: $35.

Workshop fee on location: $175 per person, Deposit: $60 (includes non-refundable registration fee), plus travel expenses for the instructor(s).

All fees must be paid in full at least two weeks in advance for on location workshops.



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