Medium Format Photography & Developing Workshop

$245.00

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT CURRENTLY IN GROUP OPERATION

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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 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  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 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  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  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  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  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  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  What a wonderful space to fall in love with the fascinating art of printing your own vision, telling your story. Tom has a warm and nurturing way, he takes you on the journey of learning techniques of developing and printing, while encouraging you to explore and trail new things. I was so inspired after doing the "shoot and develop" workshop I went home and took 2 rolls the very next day! Anyone would love the easy going nature of the workshops - no experience necessary to attend, fun for all!

    thumb Sophie Roberts
    10/29/2014

    review rating 5  I took a friend on a surprise birth trip to the film photography workshop at the Fox Darkroom. We both totally loved it! The studio and surroundings had a beautiful rich aesthetic, as did the rhythm of the workshop as a whole. Very cool delving into the craft of analogue film photography. A highly recommended gift to yourself or a friend!

    thumb Kaelasha Cameron Tyler
    3/13/2015

    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  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  Tom is an excellent teacher and the space/the whole building is just divine! Highly recommend

    thumb Zhu Ohmu
    10/22/2014

    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  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  Great space, amazing service and attention from staff. Looking forward to the next exhibition.

    thumb Robert Chomaniuk
    6/04/2017

    review rating 5  The course I did with Tom was incredible. I have so much more of an appreciation for what it takes to create a good photo after spending some time with Tom. The course is great for both novices (like me) or those with a background in photography. The atmosphere is really laid back and the Fox Darkroom is a great environment in which to learn. If you are looking to either fine tune your photographic skills or just try something a little different, I would thoroughly recommend getting in touch with these guys. Tom is clearly an expert in his field and loves what he does. Very easy to learn from and takes the time to make sure you get the most out of your experience. 5 stars!

    thumb Luke Bryan
    1/28/2015

    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