Film & Darkroom Essentials

$350.00

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT CURRENTLY IN GROUP OPERATION

See Private Workshops to book this course as a 1-on-1 day tailored specifically to your needs!

 

Our Film & Darkroom Essentials Workshop is perfect for participants who want a complete and rounded understanding of the B&W film process. From the very beginnings of loading a camera through to the end result of framing your print, this one day workshop will see participants learning manual camera operation, film development and darkroom printing over the course of one day. Each participant will receive a beautiful vintage camera for the day and all chemicals, paper and supplies are included.

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Camera Basics

Sometimes the automatic setting on our cameras doesn’t do a photo justice. In this comprehensive workshop we’ll show you how to use the manual controls like ISO, aperture and shutter speed to control your camera and get the shots you’re after. We provide each participant with a beautiful vintage camera for the duration of the workshop, but feel free to bring your own of course.

Photography Tour

After an introduction to how your camera works, we’ll explore the area just outside our door. The Fox Darkroom is located in the Young Husband Kensington wool store, built in 1901, and features beautiful old bluestone alleyways, arched iron windows, local artists, studios, film props and its fair share of age-old grit and graffiti.

Film Developing

When we’re done shooting, we’ll come back to the studio and show you how develop your own film. It’s very satisfying to walk away with your first hand-developed roll. As with all aspects of black and white photography, we will show you the tips and tricks for maximising ‘the feel’ you want to create with every new roll you shoot.

Darkroom Printing

Taking the photo is only half the process – when a picture is printed, what was once a fleeting moment becomes a definitive idea, a tangible memory. For some it’s once in a lifetime, for others the start of a lifelong passion. Our tutor will run you through how test strips, contact prints and enlargements are made, then you will be given your own enlarger to print with – every participant getting individual guidance at each step from selecting a negative, to making the finishing touches on the final print. We will then mount and frame your picture, ready to be taken home and hung on the wall.

Class Schedule

  • 9am – 12.30pm Film Photography and Developing
  • 12.30pm – 1.00pm Lunch Break
  • 1.00pm – 4.00pm Darkroom Printing

What you will learn

  • Learn how to manually control settings on a beautiful vintage camera and achieve the shots you want
  • Explore the alleyways and hidden spaces of industrial Kensington while putting your new found knowledge into practice
  • How to hand develop your first batch of black and white negatives
  • How to make beautiful one of a kind pieces of photographic art by hand.
  • Learn the value of print and create imagery that is both hand made and deliberate.
  • Gain the confidence to develop and print in the darkroom so you can further your learning as a member of The Fox Darkroom.

What you will get

  • One-on-one guidance from a professional photographer
  • All equipment, paper and chemicals supplied
  • Access to a warm and inspiring learning environment. We believe everybody is capable of creating beautiful photographs, we will help you achieve this
  • Walk away with your own hand developed black and white negatives and hand printed 8×10 print
  • We will supply you with a post workshop a comprehensive document outlining what we covered on the day, and how you can continue to practice techniques
  • Tea, coffee and snacks provided on arrival and throughout the day

What to bring

  • We will be supplying all equipment needed, although you may bring along your own camera if you would prefer

What to wear

Casual

Appropriate for

We welcome everyone from beginners to seasoned artists who want to brush up on a few techniques.

Preperation

What to bring

  • We will be supplying all equipment needed, although you may bring along your own camera if you would prefer

What to wear

Casual

Appropriate for

We welcome everyone from beginners to seasoned artists who want to brush up on a few techniques.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions
The Fox Darkroom provides goods and services to you subject to the following conditions. If you purchase from our online store (www.thefoxdarkroom.com.au.au) or visit out premises at (10 Elizabeth St, Kensington) you accept these conditions. Please read them carefully.

Workshop Enrolment
All workshops must be paid for in full (prior to the workshop commencement date) to secure your place. Places are subject to availability.

Transfers/Refunds
Refunds cannot be given when notice is given less than 1 week before the workshop date. Transfers (between people or a workshop date) can be made if notice is given no less than 1 week before the workshop date.

Copyright
The Fox Darkroom website and information contained within it can be used for your own personal use and must not be used for any commercial reason.

Darkroom hire
Access depends on availability. Bookings must be made in advance.

Health and Safety
The Fox Darkroom is not responsible for the archival quality or outcome of film processing or printing made in this facility. You also acknowledge that the darkroom is hired out as a shared facility and it is your responsibility to be aware and courteous of other people’s needs and safety and to take care of your belongings at all times. The Fox Darkroom has no liability for personal belongings of darkroom members.

While we take all care to ensure your safety, in agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to understand and be liable for the health and safety risks of the darkroom. It is your responsibility to take the appropriate health and safety precautions. Your health and safety is not the responsibility of The Fox Darkroom.

Reviews

    review rating 5  I was lucky enough to recently be among the first groups attending the Film Photography and Traditional Printing workshops at The Fox Darkroom. The studio space Tom has built here is crying out to be photographed, yet alone the beautiful surrounds of Kensingtons industrial past. The Wool store buildings in which the studio are set are a treasure trove of urban landscapes, still life studies and edgy portraiture back drops. Tom and his friends at The Fox offer a wealth of creative and technical know how shared through friendly and informative workshops. I would challenge anyone with an interest to spend the afternoon at a printing workshop and not be queuing for darkroom membership by the end of the day. Keep up the great work.

    thumb Richard Philp
    11/29/2014

    review rating 5  Being in the Fox Darkroom and seeing photos come to life as they go through the printing process is such a surreal experience. Thank you Tom for providing people with a cool space, great workshops and a wonderful photography community. It's so inspirational being surrounded by such creative minds that have extensive knowledge in photography and working with film. Creating photos in the darkroom ignited the child like curiosity in me and I can’t wait to go again and print some more photos. If you love photography, you have to check this place out

    thumb Alexandra Gionis
    11/28/2014

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom is an incredible space and the photography and developing classes are an equally incredible experience. Tom is such a patient and passionate teacher who can cater for people of all abilities and levels of experience. I was lucky enough to do the photography, developing and printing workshops and loved every second. It gave me a true appreciation of photography and the planning, techniques and knowledge that go into producing a beautiful image. It's a far leap from the world of digital cameras and iPhones, but it's a leap worth taking!

    thumb Jordan Capp
    10/23/2014

    review rating 5  Thank you Tom and Co for an awesome afternoon in the darkroom printing course! The knowledge and passion you guys share is super inspiring, and I can't wait to get back in there...

    thumb Kate Higgins
    11/24/2014

    review rating 5  Had my fourth Sunday session in the darkroom today. Great place if you're looking for somewhere to print - they'll sell you paper if you need (and you can develop your film as well). Take one of the intro courses and you can be printing your own work 🙂

    thumb David Pattinson
    12/17/2017

    review rating 5  So friendly and welcoming to everyone who comes through those doors. I keep shooting just to come back for more 🙂

    thumb Alexander Nickolaivich
    11/04/2016

    review rating 5  This is an amazing space with beautiful, well thought out detailing - it feels like you're in a loft apartment in New York. Tom is super lovely and a rad photographer! So glad to be spending my last week in Melbourne at the Fox Darkroom studio.

    thumb Caroline Lam
    9/16/2014

    review rating 5  I am the Cambodian team leader for international workshops. We love the fox darkroom and its people! Love from Siem reap

    thumb Soeuy Nhanh
    11/04/2015

    review rating 5  So you get given this thing thats basically nothing (ok, its a roll of film). Some cellulose on a strip of plastic. Theres interesting furniture and a really dark room. Somehow though... this dude with an excellent beard calmly and simply explains to you how a camera works. Without your knowing he turns the conversation to why he is (and consequently you are) passionate about photography. Shortly after you're taking photos on a manual camera you couldn't use an hour ago in streets you didn't know existed. Shortly after, that the strip of plastic has turned into something you can look at and make oohh aahh noises at. You even get to pretend you're Walter White. It's awesome, do it.

    thumb Nick Whiley
    10/14/2014

    review rating 5  I had the pleasure of attending The Fox Darkroom workshop over the weekend, and loved every minute. Tom has created something very special. A little photography haven in what can only be described as an inspiring location – an old wool store building. The location and Tom’s amazing set-up can only put you in good spirits when you take the workshop. Tom is a great guide, and will tailor the course depending on each individual’s goals. The negative making process was fantastic, being able to create something from scratch. The darkroom experience was something foreign to me, having come into photography in the digital age. I think it’s very important for us to go back and learn these techniques to understand how it was done prior to digital photography. And I really appreciate Tom creating workshops like this to preserve the process, and reinvigorate the film process in this modern tech-focussed age. At the end of the workshop I was also able to see some of Tom’s photography work that he had done over in Ghana for the Photo for Freedom project. I was blown away. Amazing work for a meaningful and important cause. I wish The Fox Darkroom all the best, and look forward to doing the printing workshop in the new year. James

    thumb James Barkley
    12/15/2014

    review rating 5  The courses at the Fox Darkroom are something I can't recommend highly enough. The space that has been created here is absolutely stunning and you are made to feel right at home from the second you enter. The beautiful people running this place are what make the whole experience so enjoyable, and exploring the world of darkroom photography kind of magical. You won't want to leave! (especially if they start boosting your ego by putting cool photos of you on the internet). Do yourself a favour and check this place out.

    thumb Ellen Rafferty
    10/22/2014

    review rating 5  Amazing place ! Have been searching for somewhere to work with and learn about film for years ! The workshop was more than I could have asked for ! Great information, practical application, and an atmosphere oozing with passion for film! I will never see light in the same way 🙂

    thumb Julie Rodgers
    5/16/2015

    review rating 5  As a professional photographer that shoots the majority of my work digital now, I can still remember falling in love with photography in the darkroom many years ago, watching images magically appear in the developer!!! It's something that you have to experience Can't wait to do it again with The Fox Darkroom! Keep me posted!!! Keep up the great work!

    thumb Andrew Noble
    6/10/2014

    review rating 5  Attended the darkroom basics workshop last weekend and I had a blast. Jake is great to learn from as he is passionate about the topic but also very personable and not condescending like many people teaching basics tend to be. Looking forward to attending more workshops.

    thumb Flavius Aaron Thompson
    12/06/2017

    review rating 5  Recently, I was lucky to experience the pleasure of utilizing the beautiful gallery space that is The Fox Gallery for my book launch and picture exhibition. I was very impressed by the professional and friendly service of Tom and his diligent crew. It was obvious to me that their sole objective was the success of my show. They worked tirelessly to ensure everything looked perfect and ran smoothly. Thank you Tom!!!

    thumb Lisa O'donnell
    6/18/2017

    review rating 5  Great place run by great people. Great place to learn the skills or just to have access to use the darkroom. Highly recommended 🙂

    thumb Brence Coghill
    7/12/2015

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom is more than just a space for making photos, it's also a place for making friendships and it provides like-minded people an opportunity to connect. Spend a little time at The Fox and you'll quickly feel like you're a part of something bigger, a community, a home of ideas and a place for those who seek encouragement to pursue what inspires your heart to press that shutter every time a moment passes by. It's a place to feel inspired and it's a place you're missing out on if you haven't yet been.

    thumb Ben Neoh
    12/16/2017

    review rating 5  A beautiful place to learn and build your skill set. You can take part in the workshops or attend the wonderful exhibitions there - a perfect location to get your friends to join you for any of the activities taking place. Tom & the crew are so welcoming and accommodating and you will find that you quickly become part of the Fox Darkroom community that they have built. I promise you will enjoy your time there.

    thumb Smc Sarah Maree
    5/20/2017