Our workshops are suitable for everyone – from beginners who haven't used a SLR camera before, to amateurs and advanced photographers, as well as teenagers with an active interest in photography.
35mm film SLR photo workshop
Take home your own unique perspective on Melbourne
This photo workshop will show you some of the iconic and hidden locations in Melbourne, all while appreciating them from a photographic perspective. A basic understanding or interest in photography is required, as well as a willingness to learn something new while discovering and documenting what this amazing city has to offer.
You'll learn about how to use a film SLR camera, how to use the Sunny16 rule to decide on your aperture and shutter speed, and how to think about your composition in black and white before pressing the shutter button.
Location – Central Business District (CBD) Melbourne, Victoria
Duration – 3.5 hours (appx)
Equipment – Participants will be provided with the loan of a 35mm SLR for the duration of the workshop, along with a roll of film which will be developed and scanned for you (see How it works).
Cost – $180
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE RUN ON DEMAND WITH MAX 3 PEOPLE
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How our film photography workshops work
Ahead of your workshop date you will be provided with details on where to meet your guide.
The location will be in central Melbourne, close to public transport.
Knowing that film cameras aren't able to be bought off the shelf as easily these days, we will provide you with a loan camera for the duration of the workshop.
Your camera will be a manual 35mm SLR, with interchangeable lenses.
Of course, if you have your own film camera you are more than welcome to bring it along to use in the workshop (refer to FAQs).
We will supply you with one roll of black and white film.
The first thing you will learn is how to load the camera with a roll of film. Then we head off through the streets of Melbourne to start learning how to use the camera and explore some of the city's hidden locations.
Throughout the workshop you will learn about using the camera's light metre as well as how you can use the Sunny16 rule to select appropriate exposure settings for your shots, how aperture selection can impact exposure and change the depth of field in your shots, and how to use the available light and composition decisions to create an impactful photograph.
The workshop will end in a central location, close to public transport.
You will be shown how to re-wind the film and remove it from the camera.
At the end of the workshop we will arrange for your film to be developed and scanned through our preferred film development business right here in Melbourne.
Within a week you will receive scans of all of your shots via email, and if you would like the negatives they can be posted to you.
Gallery of images taken by workshop participants
Frequently asked questions
If your question isn't answered below, please get in contact.
What will be included on the workshop?
I am no longer able to attend the workshop I have booked, can I change the dates?
What if I'd like to book a private workshop?
I’ve never taken photos on anything except my smart phone, is this workshop for me?
How long will it take to receive my photos?
Will the workshop still run if it is raining?
I’d like to do a workshop but I have mobility issues, can I still attend?
I am a school teacher and am interested in this for my students, is it possible to run a specific session for them?
My child has booked on a workshop, do I need to attend with them?
What if I'm running a bit late for the start of the workshop
I own my own film camera, can I use this on the workshop?
Why does my booking not include GST?
What if I accidentally drop or damage the loan camera during the workshop?
What if my photos don't work out?
I'd love to do a workshop, but interested in doing this in a different location.
We have a large group interested in doing the workshop together, is this possible?
I've seen that you shoot with medium format and other unique cameras, can I learn how to use these too?
My partner/friend is attending at workshop, can I come too if I don't take any photographs?
Do I have a choice of shooting with colour or black and white?