Crash Course in Black & White Film Photography

Crash Course in Black & White Film Photography

Regular price $135.00

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PCNW Instructor
DATES Select one from the following:
July 11, 2020 | Sat 12:30-5:30pm
TUITION $135 | Payment & Refund Policy
LEVEL Foundation
PREREQS None; students must have a 35mm SLR Film Camera

Go from camera to darkroom in just five hours. Start off by shooting a roll of Black and White film on your 35mm camera, learning how aperture, shutter speed and depth of field will affect your results. Then learn how to process your film and obtain negatives for printing. Move into the darkroom and begin your introduction to the basics of printing by making a contact sheet and selecting an image to start working with. This workshop is focused on shooting and processing film, with a basic introduction to working in the darkroom. Students looking to expand their printing experience in the darkroom should consider our Crash Course in B&W Printing – another one-day workshop devoted to hands-on experience in the darkroom.

Topics covered include:

  • Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, and ISO: how do they work together?
  • Metering and shooting with a 35mm film camera
  • Film processing: how to turn exposed film into negatives for printing
  • film developing chemistry, and how it works
  • Making a contact sheet in the black and white darkroom


  • Students are required to have/bring a 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Film Camera; please check your camera batteries or bring a spare to ensure your camera is in working order
  • PCNW will provide one roll of 35mm film per student to shoot and paper for printing in the darkroom during the workshop

Looking to take a series of courses to develop your skills? Create your own with the following courses:
Crash Course: Photographing in Natural Light
Crash Course in Black and White Printing
Crash Course in Reading Photographs



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