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.
Intermediate level course overview
This level focuses 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. The course continues the previous introduction to the darkroom and film developing. Here you will learn different ways to get the correct exposure, with a focus on Ansel Adams’ Zone System. Photo walks will be arranged to practise shooting with black and white film. We will continue the study of black and white film developing, enlarging and printing on different materials, such as warm-tone papers; you will also learn how to use fine grain developers and panchromatic films with varying spectral sensitivity, such has superpan and infrared films. Moreover, we will focus on more advanced exposure and contrast control techniques in the darkroom, by using baryta papers.
At the end of this three-month module participants will have deepen their darkroom knowledge, able to properly take control of all the phases of film development and print their pictures in a professional way. They will have significantly improved darkroom knowledge, as well as their printing and film developing skills. Thay will have improved the quality of negatives and prints produced. However, at this stage students will not be able to create fine art prints yet. For this reason they could consider furthering their studies by continuing in our advanced level.
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 the students who have completed the preparatory beginner level course, the subjects taught during this course aim at further developing the students’ aesthetic and planning skills. Moreover, the main subjects of the intermediate course are architecture and interior photography, photojournalism and commercial photography, including still-life photography. For the entire duration of the course, the students will work on multiple digital portfolios, based on specific topics analysed during the course.
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.
The view camera
View camera 4×5″ and 5×7″ operation
Tilt and shift effects
B/w roll film development
B/w sheet film development
Numbered printing papers
Enlargement of negatives
Advanced darkroom techniques
Ansel Adams’s Zone System
Taking filters for b&w photography
High acutancy vs high resolution developers
Dodging and burning
Cold and warm tones paper developers
Archival processes for negatives and papers
Developing a photographic concept
Study of photographic trends from the raise of photography as an art to the modern times.