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Learn film photography with our photography short courses in Sydney!

Before there was digital photography, film ruled the imaging landscape. In the modern era, film photography is making a comeback. With a higher dynamic range film is better at capturing whites and blacks and those subtle details lost with digital. Film photography is a fun and creative alternative giving photographers the ability to shoot unique and authentic-feeling experiences that evoke a strong, personal style. This hands-on film photography course will introduce you to the basics of film photography helping you to understand the features of your 35mm or medium format film camera, how to use natural light and clever composition to capture beautiful images as well as how to get your exposed film developed and printed. If you're looking to learn film photography in Sydney utilising both theory and practice then this film photography course is for you!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this film photography course, you should be able to:

  • analyse the work of top film photographers and understand some of their methods
  • understand how to handle film properly: how to load roll film into your camera and upload it once it’s been exposed
  • learn how to utilise natural light and compositional choices to take powerful photos. In both colour and black and white.
  • capture street life, people, places and things using the 4XP's of Photography
  • begin to develop your own style by making informed decisions about your subject matter
  • understand the different options for getting film developed, scanned and printed
  • understand the fundamentals of printing in the  darkroom, as demonstrated by one of Australia’s most highly regarded analogue printers

What will be covered in this photography course?

Lesson 1: Introduction/classroom session

  • Introduction to film photographers
  • Film Types (B&W & Colour negative, 35mm and 120) and where you can buy it
  • Loading film correctly
  • Winding film on after each exposure
  • Unloading exposed film
  • Storing exposed film
  • How to operate your camera: the 3 key variables of shutter speed, film speed (ISO) and lens aperture.
  • Where you can get exposed film developed in colour and black and white
  • Film labs can also scan your images for uploading to social media
  • Thinking of buying your own scanner?
  • The 4XPs of street photography: perspective, proportion, people and paradox
  • Core differences between black and white and colour shooting styles

Lesson 2: Location shoot

  1. Newtown/day/black and white

Lesson 3: Location shoot

  1. The Rocks & Millers Point/day/colour
  • Location shoots focus on capturing Sydney’s street life
  • Learn how to expose film correctly using your camera’s through-the-lens meter or a handheld meter
  • How to utilise backlighting and other natural light effects
  • Try and utilise at least one of the 4XPs of street photography in your images so they’re dramatic and not just simple snapshots
  • Gain confidence in approaching people you would like to appear in your pictures
  • Note: Students need to have their films developed in their own time

Lesson 4: Peer Review/classroom session

  • Students discuss best images by their colleagues giving reasons why
  • Tutor adds input
  • Post-production: Digital.Cropping and using options available in standard computer software
  • Note: the course does not include post-production using specialised tools such as PhotoShop or Lightroom.
  • Students vote on the best black and white image and the single best colour image from all pix shot by everyone during the course

Lesson 5: Darkroom Session with Sandy Barnard at Sandyprints Lane Cove

  • Spend the morning in a dark room with one of Australia’s most highly regarded analogue printers
  • At Sandyprints, Lane Cove
  • Sandy Barnard will print an A4 size image of each of the best 2 shots selected by the class: one in colour and one in black and white.

Who is this photography course for?

This film photography course is designed for those who have not shot on film before. However, some knowledge of photo basics is assumed e.g. lens aperture, ISO and shutter speed. This film photography course is for anyone who wants to add analogue shooting to their kit of skills. Digital photographers seeking a more traditional, analogue experience will get a lot of value from doing it.

What to bring to class

  • Please bring to each class (including those in the classroom): your 35mm or medium format film camera plus 2 rolls of appropriate film (24 exposures, 400 ISO, 35mm or 120).
  • Plus one lens of your choice (either zoom or prime).
  • This film photography course is not suitable for digital cameras and is only for analogue cameras that use loadable, roll film.
  • We do not provide cameras for students so please make sure yours is tested and working. If unsure of the suitability of your camera please get in contact with and we will be able to direct your question to the course tutor.

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