Film Exposure and
dvanced Exposure and Developing Techniques for B&W
A two-part workshop
intended for analogue photographers who wish to further their understanding of
the relationship between film exposure and development towards the attainment
of a quality negative.
In recent times, black and white analogue photography has become
a favoured way to express artistic creativity. With skill, an image made on B&W film can
convey an emotion unrivalled by other media.
There are three key stages in analogue photography: exposing
(taking the photograph), developing (converting the film into a negative) and
printing (enlarging, projecting and fixing the image of the negative onto
These three stages require good control over the film, as it
is the film is what we expose, what we develop into a negative and what we use
to make the image (as a print or as a digital scan).
The workshops in these series deal with acquiring the
necessary skills to exert control over the film and so to apply one’s creative
vision over the final image by producing a quality negative.
Development - Workshop I is about Film
Exposure will cover the following topics:
Unlike colour, B&W photography requires ‘tonal
interpretation’ at the moment the photographer exposes the film. This tonal interpretation is the creative
factor that can make a B&W photograph a success or a failure; this is referred
to as ‘previsualisation’.
We see in colour and if we are to make an image of a
colourful scene into B&W, we need to decide how we are going to transfer colours into shades of grey. Our
capacity to previsualise and place colours as the intended shade of grey is our
main tool for artistic input.
In Part I we will expose film so it can be developed and
analysed for calibration later on. Note
that although Part II of the workshop deals more specifically with this,
Development - Workshop II is about Film
Development and will cover the following topics:
As every photographer has a particular combination of
camera, metering system, film and developer, the need to calibrate film speed
according to the equipment available and personal techniques is essential. We shall be looking at the steps needed to
develop the best possible negative.
Consistency in the developing process is necessary to
maximise control and achieve our original visualisation in the negative. Elements like temperature, agitation/rotation
and dilution will be analysed.
Each workshop is a standalone workshop and teaches separate
Each workshop is approximately four hours long.
Although not essential, the following prior knowledge is
desired to make the most out of the workshop:
Have some experience with black and white
Understand the manual settings of your camera
Understand the principles of light metering (we
will cover this too)
Know the basics of film developing
How many participants can attend?
The workshop is limited to 4 participants.
What should I bring?
Participants are to bring 3 x 36exp rolls of the same brand /ISO film (we recommend ILFORD HP5). As well as, a camera with manual mode option and with spot-metering (or alternatively, a hand-held spot meter).
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The North London Darkroom is a 10 minute walk from the Tottenham Hale Station, with quick connections to central London by tube on the Victoria Line, and rail on the Stanstead Express running frequently from Liverpool Street Station. Paid parking is available a short walk from the darkroom.
If you are purchasing the workshop as a gift, we can send you a gift certificate. Please add GIFT CERTIFICATE to your basket.