Slow photography: the pleasure to do it yourself
Our darkroom course aims to be an antidote to the chaos of the age of digital photography and smartphones. A place to slow down, think and wait. A place to be inspired and nurture your artistic vision. A chance to really understand the different chemical processes and create high quality, black-and-white images, without over relaying on “problem-solving” computers.
Basic level course overview
This level is based on the study of film cameras, hence it will appeal not only to those who are interested in the darkroom and black-and white film photography, but also to those who want to learn more about photography in general. We will start by analysing all different types of film cameras and film formats still in use. You will learn how to properly expose your film, with the Sunny 16 rule. Photo walks will be arranged to practise shooting with film cameras. These will be followed by lectures and practical sessions on black-and-white film developing, contact sheet making, enlarging and printing. You will be introduced to exposure and contrast control in the darkroom, by experimenting with resin-coated papers. You will also be introduced to burning and dodging, techniques that will allow you to selectively control your image tones.
Three-month levels as part of the One-year academic course
The three-month basic, intermediate and advanced level courses are parts of the Photography Film and Darkroom Academic Professional One-year Course. Extra-EU students can take advantage in taking a three-month block course with no need for long-term VISA, getting out of Europe after three months and then back again to attend the next level.
Please note that attending just one ore two levels does not entitle to get the Professional Certificate. In this case a Certificate of Attendance will be issued for the attended levels only.
Goals and Objectives
Since the course is aimed at complete beginners, the course offers basic knowledge of how to take pictures with a film and digital camera, use of lenses, darkroom work, post-production software, digital archiving, basic aesthetic composition. At the end of Beginner level participants will be able to properly use their film cameras, develop film on their own, enlarge and print their images, critically take decisions in autonomy on the whole development and printing phase in the darkroom.
Get Professional Certificate through our recognized institute
The “Photographer and Darkroom Photography Expert” 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 and print high-end pictures that demand different styles and techniques, combining creativity and technical knowledge.
After completing the entire program (all three levels) and successfully passing both the modules and final exams, the student be issued a Professional Certificate in Film and Darkroom Photography. Our Professional Certificate is recognised by the Ministry of Italian Education, in accordance with the law. (For more information, see the “Professional Certificate” web page). For attending just one or two of the modules, the student will be accredited with a Certificate of Attendance only.
Prerequisites and requirements
The course starts from a beginner level, so no previous knowledge of photography is required for Basic level. A good knowledge of camera operation and photo management is required for to entry in the Intermediate level. Students should own gears and materials as listed at the page Student Guide.
Combine this course with language course
If you like, you can combine this course with Italian Language lessons at your choice. Please visit the page Combined courses and inquiry us for any help in combining the two courses.
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 light-meter
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
Multigrade printing papers
RC vs FB papers
The contact sheet
Enlargement of negatives