Film and darkroom are back
The rise of digital technologies has dramatically changed modern-day photography. In today’s world, the most common and widespread type of photography is iphoneography: by simply pressing a button on our camera phones, we can quickly upload and share our snapshots on Facebook or Instagram.
The chamber of wanders: the darkroom
Before the advent of digital cameras, image sensors and photo editing software, photographs were captured on film. Most of the time, photographers were taking pictures with analog cameras and black and white film. The only way to see the final images was to process the exposed film and print the negatives in the darkroom, a place where photographers, like alchemists, made their photographs “magically” appear on blank sheets of paper.
Our goal is to teach our students this slower, yet rewarding old-fashioned approach and spark their creativity by slowing down the photographic process.
Slow photography: the pleasure of processing and printing your own black-and-white photographs
Our one-year film and darkroom course is open to beginners with no prior photography knowledge. Specifically, our course will cover a wide range of topics, such as camera handling, film processing, contact making, enlarging and specialist printing techniques (split toning, burning, dodging, experimenting with warm tone and cold tone papers and developers, understanding exposure and contrast controls, using fibre-based and resin-coated paper). We will also focus on different film types and formats, as well as exposure control techniques and Ansel Adams’ zone system. Lectures and practical sessions will help our students hone their photographic and printing skills and produce fine art, exhibition-worthy prints.
Embark on a journey into the world of traditional photography and learn how to make high quality, black-and-white/monochrome silver gelatin prints.
What sets us apart from others? Practical experience in the field with clients. During the course.
We believe that hands-on training is the most effective way for our students to transition into a career in photography and multimedia. Specifically, we want our students to practise and test what they learn in class, for example by working for some of our renowned sponsors, such as Regione Toscana, Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Artex, Fiera dell’Artigianato Firenze.
In the past years, our students have successfully worked for Dragon Film Festival, BACI, BTO, Hinamatsuri, Ludicomix, Economia3, Festival della Creatività, 99 photos for L’Aquila, Artigianato in Toscana and many others. These invaluable real work experiences have helped them in taking up successful career as professional photographers in Italy and abroad.
Our students will have access to long training periods (internship) at the various production facility in photography, video, web design, graphic design and multi-medial arts of Florence.
TheDarkroom is proud of its partnerships that will allow the best students of professional academic courses access to a priceless experience.
Please note that internship is not for all. Not all students will have opportunity to attend internships. Companies usually make their selections and they want only the best students out of a class.
Aims and Objectives
During our program students will learn how to take pictures with a film camera and how to develop a personal style in printing out a high-end body of work in analogue silver-gelatine printing. We will focus on lenses, photo editing, darkroom techniques, aesthetic of composition, history and analysis of photographic trends. For the entire duration of the program, the students will work on their film photographs.
By completing our course, the students will have deepen their knowledge on film and darkroom photography and will be be able to either work as assistant photographers or as free-lance photographers working alongside different types of professional figures; furthermore, they will be able to work in professional studios, handle lighting equipment properly and easily shoot with large format cameras.
Our training will enable our students to easily implement their careers as studio assistants, becoming valuable assets to their employer or company while having a tailored focus on fine art classic photography.
We have set ourselves high goals. We want our students to perform to the highest standards.
Our course will enable our students to, work for international clients, be hired by international companies, showcase their work on their websites, in line with markets demands, as well as the demand of the ever-changing photography world.
Feel free to contact us for more information on our photography and multimedia course. We are ready to help you in your career choice.
Get Professional Certificate through our recognized institute
The “Photographer” can be easily employed in a wide and diverse range of fields, such as photography, publishing industry, art market. This professional figure can take pictures that demand different styles and techniques, combining creativity and technical knowledge.
After completing the program and successfully passing both the modules and final exams, the student be issued a Professional Certificate in Photography. Our Professional Certificate is recognised by the Ministry of Italian Education, in accordance with the law. (For more information, see the “Certificates” webpage)
Description of the course
Professional Photographer and Darkroom Expert
Film and darkroom photography, black and white photography.
Goals of the course
It’s consisting on a professional expertise that works in the field of photography, art market. The professional figure is able to take pictures with the most diffused techniques. Takes part in the development of products and services with technologies for to make photographs and for to digitally post produce. He/she does take advantage of artistic and philological techniques and interpretative skills.
Self employee; free lance or employee with photography studios and agencies, graphic design studios, video production companies, web design studios, typographic companies, editorial companies, magazines and newspapers, art galleries.
Teachers, expert professionals of their specific fields.
Prerequisites and requirements
The course starts from a beginner level, so no previous knowledge of photography is required. Students should own gears and materials as listed at the page Student Guide.
Photocamera and light
Film cameras: types and formats
Lenses and their classification
Incident and reflective lighting
Film and exposure
Black and white film: what is it and how is it made
How to control exposure in film photography
The F16 Sunny Rule: how to correctly expose a picture by evaluating the ambient light
How to use a hand-held lightmeter
The medium gray
Darkroom and equipment
The darkroom and its equipment
Wet area and dry area
Tank and reels
Chemistry handling: warnings and storage
Condenser and diffused light source enlarger
B/w roll film development
B/w sheet film development
Numbered printing papers
Multigrade printing papers
RC vs FB papers
The contact sheet
Enlargement of negatives
Advanced darkroom techniques
Image pre visualization
Ansel Adams’s Zone System
Taking filters for b&w photography
High acutancy vs high resolution developers
Extension and contraction development of negatives
Dodging and burning
Cold and warm tones paper developers
Toning of prints
Archival processes for negatives and papers
Spotting of final prints