Medium Format Photography & Developing Workshop

$245.00

There are many reasons why experienced photographers decide to use Medium Format – often because of the clarity offered by the larger negative (around 4x that of 35mm)! But there are many other ways that a Medium Format camera can improve your work. A wide range of aspect ratios, interchangeable film backs and techniques not suited to most hand-held 35mm cameras can give you freedom to fine tune your images and get the best possible results. In this workshop we will cover intermediate techniques that employ graduated filters, spot metering and the hyperfocal distance that will help your images really stand out. Whether it’s portraiture or landscape that interests you, a MF camera is the way to go if you want that little bit more from your negatives.

We will supply all the materials needed including a Medium Format camera for each student. But of course, if you have your own Medium Format camera, feel free to bring it along! Read More

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Medium Format Photography and Techniques

There are many reasons why experienced photographers decide to use Medium Format – often because of the clarity offered by the larger negative (around 4x that of 35mm)! But there are many other ways that a Medium Format camera can improve your work. A wide range of aspect ratios, interchangeable film backs and techniques not suited to most hand-held 35mm cameras can give you freedom to fine tune your images and get the best possible results. In this workshop we will cover intermediate techniques that employ graduated filters, spot metering and the hyperfocal distance that will help your images really stand out. Whether it’s portraiture or landscape that interests you, a MF camera is the way to go if you want that little bit more from your negatives. 

We will supply all the materials needed including a Medium Format camera for each student. But of course, if you have your own Medium Format camera, feel free to bring it along!

Photography Tour

After an introduction to how these techniques can be used with your camera, 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. 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.

Class Schedule

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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
  • Learn how to hand develop your own Medium Format black and white negatives

What you will get

  • One-on-one guidance from a professional photographer
  • Tea, coffee and snacks provided on arrival and throughout the day
  • Post workshop a comprehensive PDF document outlining what we covered on the day, and how they can continue to develop film at home
  • Walk away with your own batch of hand developed black and white negatives
  • Access to a warm and inspiring learning environment. We believe everybody is capable of creating beautiful photographs, we will help you achieve this!

What to bring

  • Warm and comfortable clothes
  • We supply all the materials, plus a Medium Format camera for each student. But if you have your own please feel free to bring it along

Appropriate for

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

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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 (Suite 205, Level 2, 10B 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 did the printing/developing workshop here and it was so much fun! Tom is a super easy going, lovely guy and a patient teacher. We all lost track of time, it was going so fast - that's how much fun we were having. I definitely recommend this workshop to anyone beginning analogue photography, as this workshop will be priceless in your learning. I cant wait to go back and do the film developing workshop! (p.s this is the backwards order, I recommend taking the film developing workshop first, then develop your prints you made in the printing workshop). I wish I lived in Melbourne to sign up as a member to use this funky darkroom all the time :).

    thumb Jessica Lambert
    2/13/2015

    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

    review rating 5  The gallery is both warm inviting and just the right size yto really explore the work on the walls. I make a point of swinging by the gallery every time we are in the neighbourhood.

    thumb Stu Art
    10/23/2016

    review rating 5  I attended a print making workshop at the Fox Darkroom. It was really excellent, very informative and hands on. I have never worked in a darkroom before, and I absolutely loved the experience, I would recommend to anyone interested in analogue photography. I will definitely be back.

    thumb Lucy Marks
    4/20/2015

    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  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  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  Had an absolute ball at the photography workshop at The Fox Darkroom! Perfect way to brush up on your analog photography skills. I'll definitely be booking another workshop with Tom and the crew! Thanks Tom and Jake for a great day! �️

    thumb Shaz Blakemore
    12/06/2016

    review rating 5  The Fox Darkroom... what a wonderful escape from our busy city lives.. I was hooked from the moment I walked in the door to find myself face to face with a larger than life lion, and it just got better from there Using B&W film cameras was like taking a step back in time, where every image matters because you only have a few... So you slow down, you consider your subject, the lighting, angle and framing and then, when it's all aligned, you press down on the shutter and hear a satisfying 'click' Tom was an excellent teacher, patient, encouraging, articulate and so very passionate about what he does Having had no previous experience in the dark room I found the developing process fascinating.. From the awesome rotating door, the darkness of the dark room, the detail in the developing process, and seeing your first photo materialise before your eyes, it was magical... By the end of the day I was feeling tired but the process was so addictive that I didn't want to stop, and Tom was there continuing to help me perfect these pictures even though I'm sure he would have been tired too It's been a few months since I experienced the darkroom and reminiscing now makes me want to go back and do it again! I highly recommend The Fox Darkroom and I'll say it again - magical.

    thumb Nicky Andrews
    10/31/2014

    review rating 5  I attended the film photography/developing basics and darkroom printing workshops and they were excellent. The groups were small and the instructor (Jake) catered well to the different experience levels in the group and took a genuine interest in each person's work. The 4 hour length of both workshops was ideal - enough time to cover all the material without it being a long day. I left feeling inspired and ready to get back into printing my own photos after not doing it for 12 years. Two Saturdays well spent!

    thumb Leesa Ward
    11/28/2017

    review rating 5  I received a membership for The Fox Darkroom as a present and it is the best present ever! Tom and the Fox crew are very welcoming and helpful. It's been great going in to develop film, print photos and have a place to discover and share the magic of film. As well as working on my own prints, it's nice to go visit the gallery and be inspired by other artists and be a part of a bigger community.

    thumb Liz Kajko
    12/18/2017

    review rating 5  This is my establishment so it may seem slightly bias in me saying this place is AMAZING but hell, I truly believe it is! If you have interest in learning how to take beautiful photos with nice old cameras, producing works of art in the darkroom and or hanging out with some really decent folk come and pay us a visit. Coffee on me.

    thumb Tom Goldner
    10/28/2015

    review rating 5  I did both the Photography Developing and Printing workshops and thoroughly loved them both. The studio is a great set up, in a wonderful old warehouse. Our hosts Tom and Harriet are friendly and relaxed and have great advice and tips to share. They make you feel very welcome, unlike some other workshops I've done where the photographers can be a bit arrogant!! We came away from the 2 workshops with a perfectly developed roll of film and 2 framed prints. I highly recommend these guys to anyone wanting to get back to the basics of photography and there's nothing better than watching your pictures appear in front of your eyes. Thanks Tom and Harriet, can't wait to get back and print some more!

    thumb Karen Field
    7/18/2015

    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  Just had my first of what I'm sure will be many visits to the darkroom and gallery. It was easy to get to and in a stunning location. The 'All I Had I Gave' exhibition was breathtaking and I cannot wait to get my hands on one of those prints. I definitely recommend visiting the darkroom and gallery. Just beautiful.

    thumb Ellen Wachter
    12/10/2016

    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  The Fox Darkroom Hidden in the old Younghusband Woolstores in Kensington - a wonderful building housing every type of creative activity - you will find The Fox Darkroom run by photographer Tom Goldner. Tom provides short courses for those new to analogue photography, or those with prior experience but seeking a process refresh. Introduction to film cameras, developing your own B&W film, and printing and enlarging - the alchemy of the darkroom - are all covered in Tom's courses. The darkroom and equipment are also available for members and others who are seeking access to a well equipped lab to do their own thing! Tom is a wonderful teacher - enthusiastic, knowledgable, sensitive, patient and able to cater for course members with widely varying capabilities, group sizes are kept small allowing for personal teaching and the combination of shooting in a such a photogenic location and then working through the dark room processes in a such a beautiful surrounding is hard to beat! The physical environment at Fox is very special, but it is surpassed by the warmth and welcome and guidance of Tom Goldner! So arrange a time to visit the Fox Darkroom - make time to slow down and think about your photography - have a play with film and developing your own negatives. Very highly recommended. Bruce E

    thumb Bruce Esplin
    1/23/2015

    review rating 5  Brilliant facilities and facilitators who love their craft and have an exceptional ability to nurture those fascinated with (film) photography and prove that black and white is a whole lot more than just an image ♡

    thumb Aggie Ryan
    12/16/2017