Workshop: View Camera & Darkroom Technique with Alex Bond

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Taught by Alex Bond. Perth

4 & 5 October 2014

$525 for both workshops

This introductory large format 4×5 workshop provides hands on experience and techniques, with applications for both portrait and landscape work.

This workshop will be conducted outdoors along the wooded banks of the Canning River Reserve, so you can see and experience using a 4×5 field camera on location. Through discussions and field demonstrations, I will guide you through the process of setting up and using a large format camera. You will then put this newly gained knowledge to practise by making your own 4×5 negatives around the river reserve.

The Canning River Reserve will provide ample subject matter and an ideal learning environment for you to gain experience in using a 4×5 field camera within a small group setting. Even if you don’t own a 4×5 camera you will be provided with one to use, if you do have one then it bring it along. To maximise the experience, workshop numbers are limited to a maximum of 2 people. Facilities at Kent St Weir include the brand new Canning River Cafe.

For particpants who have just completed Day 1 View Camera Introduction, this provides a logical continuum to the large format processing and printing stages, although you do not need to have completed Day 1 to attend the Day 2 part of the workshop.

You will learn how to develop a black and white film, proper storage and care of negatives, archiving and the importance of making proper contact proof prints.

You will also have the opportunity to enlarge one of your black and white negatives and be guided through the process of making your first silver gelatin print. This workshop will be held in my darkroom and participant numbers are limited to a maximum of 2 people.

More info at Alex Bond’s website