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Analogue Photography Weekend Course with Rachel Brewster-Wright, dot-art


This weekend workshop will take beginner photographers through the whole process of shooting and developing black and white film. Participants will be guided on a fun and relaxed photo walk followed by a day of processing your very own images in the darkroom. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners who are new to photo making.


In a small group, you will be guided through the whole process of film photography from shooting to developing your work. You will be taught each basic component and process of using darkroom equipment, culminating in creating your very own black and white photographs using Ilford chemicals and photographic paper provided by the tutor.

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Health & Safety
  • Loading & using your analogue camera
  • Analogue photo-walk around the beautiful and historic business quarter, focusing on exposure, composition and metering
  • Mixing chemistry
  • Processing your film
  • Drying & cutting negatives
  • Light box viewing & phone app inversion
  • Questions & a brief outline of Day 2 (darkroom)

Day 2:

  • Introduction to the room and materials, and health & safety
  • Different kinds of format
  • Setting up the enlarger
  • Making a contact print
  • Making a test strip
  • Creating the first print
  • Using filters
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Creating your final prints 


Rachel Brewster-Wright is a professional photographer and founder of Little Vintage Photography in Liverpool. She has expert knowledge in both analogue and digital photography and has taught a multitude of photography courses and workshops.


You will need to bring your own film camera and roll of film (Ilford HP5+ film, 24 exposures is ideal - usually around £4.50 per roll).


Weekend of 15th and 16th February (10am to 5pm)


dot-art Darkroom, The Cotton Exchange Building, Old Hall Street, (Ormond Street side), Liverpool L3 9JR


£150 for weekend course (there are a maximum of 3 places available, so early booking is essential)

***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660***

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