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Learn the basics of black-and-white film photography.

This six-week course is an introduction to the basics, including the creative possibilities of photography. Students will be encouraged to use the camera as an expressive tool as they develop an understanding of the technical and visual aspects of black-and-white film photography.

Topics will include techniques of proper exposure; principles of composition; and understanding the use of light. Film processing and darkroom printing skills will also be developed throughout the course.

  • 35mm SLR camera (rentals available)
  • 35mm Film (Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP5+)
  • 8" x 10" RC paper (Ilford Multigrade: Pearl)
  • Negative sleeves (PrintFile 35-7B or equivalent)
  • An apron (optional)

Michelle Cade graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from the University of the Arts in 2014 and a Bachelors of Art in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography and a Minor in Art History in 2011 from California State University San Bernardino. She started working in a darkroom twelve years ago and since then has gone on to work as a photographer in California, Pennsylvania and Maine. Her work has been shown in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Cade focuses on traditional photography and alternative processes, but also has a strong interest in integrating the technology of digital photography into these.

  • Technical basics of 35mm SLR camera operation (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)
  • B&W darkroom practices - processing film and making your own prints
  • Principles of proper image exposure
  • How to incorporate visual language into your photographs
  • Lectures on historical and contemporary photographers
  • Aesthetics
  • Assignments
  • Critique
  • Film Processing
  • Lecture
  • Darkroom Printing
  • Shooting
Who's it for?

Beginners looking to gain an understanding of the technical and aesthetic aspects of black-and-white film photography.

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  • Non-members: $540
  • Members: $486


6-session class
3 hours/session