Analogue Photography Basics Course (Introduction to Darkroom Basics)

The new Analogue Photography Basics is open to  MCC members as well to non-members.  It is designed for those people who are just starting to process and print film. It can also be taken by those who wish to update their film processing and printing skills.   Course participants must be over 18 years old.

The new Darkroom Basics Course is divided into two units:

  1. Processing the exposed film – See The camera and the film
    – May 10, Aug 2 and Oct 18
  2. Printing from a set of negatives – See Printing in the darkroom
    – May 17, Aug 9 and Oct 25

Course is limited to four, due to demand places cannot be saved until payment is received.

Notes, film, paper and chemicals are supplied by MCC for the course.

Aim

The aim of the course is to provide participants with a basic foundation in darkroom techniques so that they feel confident to undertake their own film development and/or printing.

Enrolment

To participate in the course:

  • Enrol using the link below.
  • Discuss any questions you have with the coordinator Shane Booth.
  • Also note that class sizes are limited to 4.

Course Structure

The full course will run for a total of two days over two consecutive weekends. It may, at times, be possible to run it on weekdays.

Day 1 will be Unit 1: The camera and the film

Day 2 will be Unit 2: Printing in the Darkroom

Equipment

It is assumed students doing ‘The Camera and the Film’ will have their own analogue camera. If you do not have a camera it should be possible to borrow one from the club camera resource. Please tell us if you need to borrow a camera.

All other equipment and consumables will be provided by the course.

Content

The design of the course is flexible enough to take account of the different levels of experience of participants, but what follows is the core content.

Unit 1 – The Camera and the Film

Session 1: 9.30am-12.30pm

  • Introduction to analog photography and to processing practice, Chemical Safety
  • The film camera and its operation
  • Shoot a roll of film
  • Film Loading Practice
  • LUNCH (at your own cost)

Session 2: 1.30pm-4.30pm

  • Unloading film into developing tank
  • Developing the film
  • Diagnose and discuss the resulting negatives
  • Processing film at home

Unit 2 – Printing In the Darkroom

Session 1: 9.30am-12.30pm

  • Introduction to analog photography and to darkroom practice, Chemical Safety
  • Making contact prints
  • Making a print from participant negatives
  • LUNCH (at your own cost)

Session 2: 1.30pm-4.30pm

  • Continuation of printing process:
  • Contrast control, dodging and burning
  • Information on the standard use of the club’s Darkroom.

Information & Registration

Contact the course coordinator for more information (see button below). 

Cost

Non-members will be charged as follows:

$240  for enrolment in both units  

A participant who completes both units will have 12 months full MCC membership. Doing an individual unit does not provide any membership privileges.

Post-course access to the darkroom is only available to those who have completed both units of the courseIn that case, participants can hire the MCC’s darkroom for a small fee to practice what they have learnt. Those wishing to use the darkroom will need to arrange darkroom access via the booking system.

The course is free to current members of MCC.