Film PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

the next session WILL START in JANUARY 2018

 

Sales of photographic film have been steadily rising over the last few years, with professionals and amateurs alike rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product.

The question that these findings inevitably raises is why ? Why shoot film, when digital cameras are so advanced ? Film has some qualities that are unique : BW modern emulsion offer a riches of details and tones that are still far far advanced compare to digital, different formats such 5x4" and 10x8' that offer even a greater resolution; color negatives a beauty and tonal warmth that digital cannot match, movie emulsion that offer an un-compromised latitude of exposure. Specific use driven emulsion for infrared photography or ULF and of course all the alternative photographic process. Plenty of tool to boost photographers creativity.

More and more professional photographers are choosing film for similar reasons. This is particularly apparent in the world of fashion, as photographers seek to take back control of the creative process. Indeed, it seems the future role of analogue photography is not to challenge the dominance of digital, but to rest alongside it in a particular niche for creative and fine art photographers.

This course will introduce participants with the practice of analogue photography; from camera handling, shooting and developing film and digital darkroom practice. The course is creative and experimental with assignments that will encourage you to expand and develop your practice.

Participants will learn how by manipulating film, exposition, lights and prints in a variety of different ways so they can produce a series of photography. 

Topics will also include zone system, film technology, scanning and printing, visual presentation.   Students will learn to recognise tones and textures and be expected to produce a set of high quality silver gelatin prints.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Students will learn the foundations of film photography through talks, demonstrations and practical exercises. Students are also expected to perform some specific homework before each lesson. The course is divided into eight lessons, one every two weeks and six home project assignments. Students are expected to have a full set of films and some specific books ready from the first lessons, to perform classroom exercise and home assignments. 

WHO'S THIS COURSE FOR ?

The course is suited to those with an interest in developing their knowledge and skills beyond a basic level. A basic knowledge of camera operations is a prerequisite. This course is not suitable for total beginners. You need to have your own film camera (35mm or medium format).

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE ?

All the lesson, portfolio review and all didactics materials. The cost of films and prints materials is not included in the course fee. Participants will be advised on appropriate materials and book to purchase for their project assignments and homework.

Your camera gear. We’ll have all the lighting equipment including triggers. You can bring a laptop if you would like to follow along for the Photoshop portion, however it will be taught as a demonstration and not a follow along class.

LIST OF BOOKS AND MATERIAL FOR THE COURSE

Since the cost of films, prints, and portfolio materials is not included in the course fee they students should provide them to attend class and home exercises.

List of films and photographic materials:

  • Kodak TMax 100 - pack of five films
  • Kodak TRI-X-Pan 400 - pack of five films
  • Fuji Sensia - pack of five films
  • Fuji Velvia 50 - two films
  • lford Delta 3200 - two films
  • lord XP2 400 - two films
  • lord SFX 200 - two films
  • Rollei Retro 80 - Two films
  • CMS 12 - Four films 

List of books  :

  • Anselm Adams, The Negative
  • Anselm Adams, The Print

For the student interesting in submitting a printed portfolio :

  • A2 - Portfolio boxes, black.
  • A2 - Mylar sleeves
  • A3 - Photo rag 308 print paper - box of 25 sheets

Participants will be advised where to buy the appropriate materials for their works.

 

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Lesson 1 - 17th January 2018

EXPOSURE, LIGHT, AND COMPOSITION WITH FILM CAMERAS - For those already familiar with basic camera operation, this first introductory lesson concentrates on understanding and applying the fundamental underpinnings of any fine photograph: great light, proper and appropriate exposure, and filling the frame in a compelling manner.
First, students learn the mechanics of quickly achieving reliable and consistent exposures that create the mood and style sought To achieve this, we are going trough all the basics fo film photography such : metering, exposure,  exposure compensation and bracketing, depth-of- field, films general characteristic with a specify look into exposure latitude.

  • Students are expected to come to the first lesson with all the books recommended for the course.
  • Students will receive an homework assignment and the first homework project.
  • Please remember to bring at least to film rolls of Kodak T-max 100,
 

LESSON 2- 31st January 2018

THE ZONE SYSTEM: AN OVERVIEW - This iesson provides an overview of the essential principles, techniques, and tools for lighting a variety of situations. Demonstrations take place both in the studio. Through hands-on practice and assignments, students learn how to pre-visualize light and direct light deign using the zone system.

 

  • Homework project review.
  • Students will receive an homework assignment and the second homework project.
  • Please remember to bring at least two film rolls of Kodak T-max 100,
 

LESSON 3- 14th February 2018

This lessons is focused on the use of lighting and filters for BW analogic photography. Through visual presentations and discussions of printed matter, students review examples of the direction and quality of light, and discuss its function in the photograph. Students acquire a repertoire of lighting techniques to heighten the expressive capacity of their work. 

  • Homework project review.
  • Students will receive an homework assignment and the third homework project.
  • Please remember to bring at least one film roll of Kodak T-max 100 and one one of Kodak TRI-X-Pan,
 

LESSON 4- 28th February 2018

CREATIVE BLACK & WHITE - Black and white films allow You to explore your creative side with virtual no technical barrier. We will going trough an extensive analysis of all BW peculiar emulsions that You can use to create in camera film effect to express Your creative photographic vision.

  • Homework project review.
  • Students will receive an homework assignment and the fourth homework project.
  • Please remember to bring at least one film roll of Ilford XP2 and one of Ilford Delta3200.
 

LESSON 5- 14th March 2018

THE POWER OF THE COLOR IMAGE: EXPLORING COLOR FROM FILM TO THE DIGTAL DARKROOM - Many photographers prefer printing from color negative film because of its flexibility, simplicity, and the superb reproduction of both subtle and brilliant colors. This lessons integrates instruction in aesthetics and technique into the practical use of film color negative.

  • Homework project review.
  • Students will receive an homework assignment and the fifth homework project.
  • Please remember to bring at least two film rolls of color negative Fuji Sensia 100.
 

LESSON 6   - 28th March 2018

COLOR SLIDES AND INSTANT FILM PHOTOGRAPHY - This is the continuation of the previous lesson but using different colors materials. This lessons integrates instruction in aesthetics and technique into the practical use of film color slides and instant materials from Fuji and Impossible.

 

  • Homework project review.
  • Students will receive an homework assignment and the sixth homework project.
  • Please remember to bring at least two film rolls of  Fuji Provia 100 and two packs of Polaroid.
 

LESSON 7- 11th April 2018

FROM ANALOGIC FILM TO DIGITAL FILE - A high-quality film scan requires not only a mastery of film exposure with your camera, but also a mastery of the tools of the digital darkroom that allow for the conversion of analog film into a digital format. The digital workflow necessary for successful image production begins in the software of the scanner and continues with Photoshop. This lesson addresses the unique considerations that accompany the digitization of film and the preparation of those files for high-quality digital output. Learn how film grain, pixel resolution, and post-production techniques combine to translate film into beautifully satisfying digital prints, and learn strategies that will allow you to create the image that you envision. 

 

  • Homework project review.
  • Please remember to bring all materials already shooter developed with the relative contact print.
 

LESSON 8- 25th April 2018

FINE ART DIGITAL PRINTING - Making exhibition-quality digital prints takes time and expertise. In this hands-on lessons, students learn ways to bring out detail and tuning color and contrast in specific areas of an image to improve its overall quality. Topics include masking techniques, blending mode options, advanced sharpening techniques, noise-reduction methods, and various means of retouching. Inkjet papers are supplied for use with different Epson inkjet printers.

  • Please remember to bring A2 photographic paper.
 

PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Individual review of Your selected prints and all your works include assignments and projects. Students need to provide a presentation of minimum ten minutes showing a max of  20 prints. Students will receive a review for the print portfolio, their home assignment and for their home project. This tree review will concur to determine Your final evalution.

Please  note : this will be not a group session but for maximum two students at time, then a different schedule will be settled for this final lesson..

  • Please remember to bring all the material for Your portfolio and all the films and contact prints.
 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Most photographers stumble when it comes to the question of how to make a photography portfolio. It can be difficult to know what you should include, how to present your work,  how your work compares to others, and what a photography portfolio is even supposed to be for. 

You may have your portfolio reviewed online or in-person.

Online: You may submit a selection up to 15 small jpegs (no larger than 2mb each) and /or a link to your website. Please note website with images galleries of small dimensions will not be considered for portfolio reviews.

For a Photoshop review, please send two to three un-flattened psd files with some notes about your working flow.

Flickr sites or similar will not be considered for portfolio reviews.

In-Person: Portfolio review is for maximum two people only at time. Digital portfolio but be composed of a minimum of 8 files in jJpeg format to a maximum of 25 files. Printed portfolio must be composed by a minimum of 12 prints of A3 size or bigger to a mime of 20 prints. 

A4 printed portfolio will not be considered for portfolio reviews.

iPad portfolio will not be considered for portfolio reviews.

I would recommends a test run of your portfolio with a friend or colleague who isn’t familiar with your work. Having them review it will allow for a sense of the pacing and time it takes to go from front to back and experience the images. This may also provide insight as to which images spark conversation and how to prep for any questions that may arise.

CONTINUING EDUCATION TRACK

New sessions begin every term

The Continuing Education Program  (CEP) is a three-term program open to 12 students in total from all walks of life who want to pursue photography at a higher level than they might ever have before. Students can begin the program in the fall, winter, or spring. In their First term, students enroll in the first of three seminars exclusive to the CEP curriculum.

In this weekly seminar, students examine contemporary and historical ideas surrounding photography, and participate in weekly critiques of new work supported by critical and theoretical readings and discussions. In addition to the CEP seminar class, students generally enroll in one or two elective courses each term, selected from the broader Continuing Education course offerings. A total of three CEP seminars and six elective courses is required in order to complete the Continuing Education Program.


COURSE SUMMARY

 

Course dates - Start 17th of January 2018
Length - One evening every two weeks for ten sessions
Day and time - Tuesday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm (excluding bank holidays)
Maximum class size - 8 people
Contact hours - more then 25

 

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