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 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  I had a blast at the photography and developing workshop. The class was interesting and extremely hands-on, the darkroom was beautiful and well equipped, and Tom was a lovely, genuine guy with plenty of wisdom to share. I can't wait to go back again and again. And, to top it all off, the course was one of the cheapest of its kind I have ever found. Great value, great atmosphere, and great practical learning. The Fox Darkroom is a fantastic place to go to spend time with like-minded film enthusiasts.

    thumb Bodie Howell
    10/11/2015

    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  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 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  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  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  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  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  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

    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  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  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  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 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  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  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