FILM-BASED COURSES

Courses in English (except for PA5-FBC5; bilingual)
5 modular and progressive small group workshops

The film camera (FBC1)
Developping negatives (FBC2)
Introduction to darkroom printing (FBC3)
Fiber-based printing (FBC4)
Printing; personal project (PA5-FBC5)

The practical workshops of the our film-based courses are for people who want to enrich themselves by discovering or rediscovering film photography. Whether for artistic, nostalgic or historical reasons, or to enhance your understanding of digital photography through artisanal tools and processes, the filmmaking workshops offer a structured and meticulous progression in the processes of emulsive photography.

THE FILM CAMERA (FBC1 - 5 hours)

This workshop is ideal to learn or return to film photography, to discover the categories of film cameras and see what type of film camera suits you.

The workshop is organized in 3 sections:

1) The explanation of camera mechanisms and their operation, the advantages and restrictions different types of cameras, use and film loading/unloading;

2) Manipulation and explanation of the shooting and focusing modes, things to watch for when buying a film camera;

3) A photo excursion to explore settings. The exposed film serves as material for the second workshop; development of negatives.

The workshop presents 5 types of traditional film cameras, dating from 1960 to 2000. The formats of these cameras are:

35mm rangefinder
35mm vintage reflex, approx. 1970
35mm modern reflex moderne, approx. 2000
35mm half-frame
6x6 twin-lens reflex


MATERIALS PROVIDED
- Film cameras
- 1 film to expose during the workshop

REQUIREMENTS
- None

OBJECTIVES
- observe the ingenuity of fully opto-mechanical devices
- learn how to evaluate the operating status of a film camera
- load, handle, correctly expose, and remove a film
- use different settings

COURSE ORGANIZATION
- Theoretical lectures
- Practical exercises and shooting
- Questions and answers and discussions
- Limit of 4 participants

DATES, HOURS AND DETAILS: COMING SOON

DEVELOPING NEGATIVES (FBC2 - 5 hours)

This workshop is an introduction to the darkroom and the process of developing black and white negatives.

The workshop is divided into 4 sections:

1) The explanation of darkroom principles and tools. Explanation of the chemical processes of negative development;

2) Demonstration and practice of manipulations performed in the dark with a test film. Demonstration of chemical manipulations in light;

3) Spooling films in the dark. Development and chemical manipulations. Washing and drying the film.

4) Q&A and brief discussion.

MATERIALS PROVIDED
- Chemicals and equipment

REQUIREMENTS
- A Tri-x or HP5 film, correctly exposed, or the film from Film Camera workshop
- Work clothes
- Comfortable home shoes

OBJECTIVES
- manipulating & spooling a film in the dark
- understand the negative development chemistries and processes
- perform the required manipulations in a dark room
- learn about the effects of development parameters on the image

COURSE ORGANIZATION
- Theoretical explanations
- Preparatory practice exercises
- Manipulations and processes
- Questions, answers and discussions
- Limit of 4 participants

DATES, HOURS AND DETAILS: COMING SOON

INTRODUCTION TO DARKROOM PRINTING (FBC3 - 6 hours)

This workshop continues the introduction to the darkroom and is complementary to the development of black and white negatives. The process will involve enlarging the negatives to print and develop photos.

The workshop is divided into 4 sections:

1) Review of darkroom concepts, organization and analysis of negatives. Selecting the image to print.

2) Explanation of the principles and tools of the 'dry side' of a dark room. Explanation of enlarger, contrast grades, filtration and focus. Evaluation of the exposure time and test strips.

3) Practice of manipulations performed under safelight. Supervised printing and development. Evaluation of prints, corrections and adjustments.

4) Review, Q&A, and brief discussion.

MATERIALS PROVIDED
- RC Photo Paper
- Chemicals and equipment

REQUIREMENTS
- A correctly exposed 35mm or 6x6cm negative
- Work clothes
- Comfortable home shoes

OBJECTIVES
- handle and adjust an enlarger
- evaluate the exposure time
- evaluate and modify the degree of contrast
- handle the prints in the chemistry and washing containers
- make 5x7" prints and one 8x10 "

COURSE ORGANIZATION
- Theoretical explanations
- Supervised practice
- Manipulations and processes
- Q&A and discussions
- Limit of 3 participants

DATES, HOURS AND DETAILS: COMING SOON

FIBRE-BASED PRINTING (FBC4 - 6 hours)

This intermediate workshop introduces printing on fiber paper, considered by many to be the finest output for photographs because of their richness and depth of tone. Silver halide baryta prints require an extended and delicate printing and development process.

The workshop is divided into 4 sections:

1) Review of basic enlarging and printing methods concepts. Presentation of the peculiarities of a fiber print.

2) Notions of contrast and density. Explanation of the chemical process, presentation of the notions of 'burning' and 'dodging'. Split-grade prints, introduction to densitometry and zone system for enlargement.

3) Practice of manipulations performed under safelight. Supervised printing. Evaluation of prints, corrections and adjustments.

4) Q&A and brief discussion.

MATERIALS PROVIDED
- Fiber photo paper (5 sheets 8x12in)
- Chemicals and equipment

REQUIREMENTS
- Have done Introduction to darkroom printing (FBC3) workshop, or equivalent skills (please contact us)
- A correctly exposed 35mm or 120 B&W negative
- Work clothes
- Comfortable home shoes

OBJECTIVES
- manipulate and adjust enlargers for advanced prints
- use the zone system and a light meter dedicated to enlargements
- evaluate the exposure time in correlation with the degree of contrast
- handle the prints in the chemistry and washing containers
- make 6x8 and / or 8x12 inch prints

COURSE ORGANIZATION
- Theoretical explanations
- Supervised practice
- Manipulations and processes
- Q&A and discussions
- Limit of 3 participants

DATES, HOURS AND DETAILS: COMING SOON

PRINTING; PERSONAL PROJECT (PA5-FBC5 - 6 hours)

This intermediate workshop allows students to explore their darkroom printing projects in a supervised environment. It will therefore be possible for them to undertake, in an assisted, supervised and educational context, prints from 35mm negatives up to 4x5 inches.

This workshop is entirely practical. Any theoretical aspects are exposed according to the evolution of the session and the questions encountered during the process.

MATERIALS PROVIDED
- Chemicals and equipment

PREREQUISITE / REQUIREMENTS
- Have done the Introduction to darkroom printing (FBC3) workshop, or equivalent skills (please contact us)
- A correctly exposed negative
- Work clothes
- Comfortable home shoes
- Photographic paper

OBJECTIVES
- allow the student to practice with supervised coaching

NOTES
- The student must provide his photographic paper
- This workshop is bilingual, French-English, depending on the participants
- Limit of 3 participants

DATES, HOURS AND DETAILS: COMING SOON