Film Processing

Studio Workshops Online – Live and Interactive
• 2021 dates TBA

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This intermediate/advanced Studio Workshop explores the unique qualities and advantages of B&W film.  Film is exposed, calibrated, and processed for both analogue optical printing and digital editing and pigment inkjet printing.  Traditional values and photographic processes combine to produce exquisite B&W images of a quality that is difficult to obtain in a digital workflow. Small, medium and large format  film processing is covered, including the extraordinarily eloquent qualities of staining developers, the remarkable effects of acutance development, and dynamic range expansion and compression processing. Pictorial design concepts such as Static and Dynamic Unity help qualify the significant aesthetic advantages and unique spatial qualities that film automatically confers.  Specific topics that have been covered in this workshop include:

 Film Selection
•  Film formats
•  Speed
•  Grain
•  Acutance
•  Gradation
•  Spectral sensitivity

Film Exposure
•  Pre-visualisation
•  Reflected versus incident metering
•  Spot meters
•  Calibrating light meters
•  Working with contrast filters
•  Reciprocity failure and bellows/lens extension

Film Processing
•  Speed/Grain/Acutance/Gradation trade-offs
•  What is Normal – density and colorimetric controls
•  Temperature control and processing consistency
•  Pyro and Pyrocatechin staining development (formula for optical printing)
•  Non staining fine grain developers (formula for scanning)
•  Processing equipment, film handling, and H&S considerations

Film Calibration
•  The Zone System in theory and practice
•  Parametric calibrations: N-3 to N+3 Exposure & Development
•  Dissolving film grain
•  Reducing artefacts
•  Desensitisation
•  Development by inspection

The workshop is conducted through a series of experiments, darkroom demonstrations, film calibrations, and practical applications in our studio and surrounding environment. Small, medium and large format film cameras are covered and B&W film is selected, exposed, processed and calibrated during the workshop.  The aim is to understand and work with the advantages of film based capture without compromising efficiency while obtaining analogue images of the highest quality.  The refreshment and lunch breaks also allow processed film to dry and other time based activities to not interrupt the workshop’s overall flow and progression, while video conferencing and remote desktop software enables real time interactions between attendees and their film based workflows.

The workshop is also supported by a resource rich website including detailed course notes, videos, and calibration data for different film/film developer combinations.

Venue: Multi-Camera Interactive Broadcast from Les Walkling’s Studio, Melbourne
Duration: 10.00am – 5.00pm – Australian Eastern Standard Time
Class Size: 
Maximum class size of 5
Cost: $330 including GST per person
Bookings & Enquiries: Email or phone +61 4 38 59 00 93

Updated 15 December 2020