Large format photography

Large format photography

Discover one of the most potent tools in photographic history; the view camera. Learn to use various types of view cameras as well as advanced methods of large format photography such as, for example, in camera perspective control. Discover the commercially available as well as self made materials, and their properties , take pictures both using negatives and inverse developing photographic paper to create unique, in camera, positive prints without the negative. Discover the secrets of a camera essential for historical photography passionates who want to shoot wetplate or glass plate negatives, of a camera, that is still used in some of the best commercial studios. For over a hundred years, the view camera has been the tool of leading photographers. It was the view camera that was used to make virtually all 19th century images as well as most of the 20th century masterpieces. Even today, in the age of digital photography, it offers unmatched image quality and is still used, albeit usually with a digital sensor, in leading advertising studios or in atteliers of outstanding photographers such as Paolo Rovesi. Even the American government, who have recently advertised a 100 000 USD a year job for a view camera photographer, is convinced of the advantages of analog large format photography. Unfortunately, for many people large format photography, using a view camera, seems to be something difficult, incomprehensible, complicated, almost impossible to master, even though it allures and tempts at the same time. On one hand it charms, interests, on the other slightly overawes with the size of the camera, lack of any electronics, the necessity to process...
Pictorial photography – oilprint

Pictorial photography – oilprint

If you have had enough of brief courses/workshops during which all participants diligently copy practice negatives prepared by their tutor and leave the workshop with identical pictures that are not really theirs, if you don’t want another nine to five course where the cleaning lady pointedly knocks on the door half an hour before it should end, then our workshop is just perfect for you. We would like to invite you to take part in a unique workshop devoted entirely to oilprinting, during which you will have an opportunity to shoot your own photos which you will print with the assistance of an experienced instructor as oilprints, thus learning the intricacies of oilprinting and making your own, unique photos. The oilprint, along with its sister process of bromoil is one of the three most important manipulative techniques, especially popular with pictorial photographers. It is a technique offering an unrivalled manual control over the appearance of the resulting print combined with perfect rendition of details. After the participants register in their hotel, we will start work on preparing materials; oilprinting papers which will later be used to make your prints. After all preparing materials is an essential skill in alternative photographic processes and it is nearly impossible to talk about artistic independence without it. There will also be time for a quick introduction to the process, as well as an explanation of how the image is formed. The remaining part of the workshop will be divided between field work when your photographs will be taken, and the time spent in the darkroom (of course under constant supervision of the instructor),...
Ambrotype – two day workshop

Ambrotype – two day workshop

Ambrotype – two day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn one of the most beautiful photographic processes. The magic of wetplate photography or, to be more specific, of ambrotypes, hasn’t passed for over 150 years which have passed since the invention of the technique. The image made of silver on glass, magical, glittering with subtle hues fascinates in the 21st century just as much as it did in the 19th. And just as it was in the times when it was invented, for most of us the technique still is a mystery, something almost mistical. It seems that it is even more of a mystery now than in the past. Our two-day workshop in making wetplate ambrotypes will not only allow participants to learn/revise the rules governing wetplate photography but will also offer practical opportunities to use these skills under the tutor’s guidance and with the help of professional models taking part in the workshop. The programme of the workshop covers: a quick revision of using large format cameras, a presentation of the wetplate ambrotype process including chemical recipes, preparing glass for ambrotype photography, coating glass with collodion, sensitizing and processing wetplate, two photographic shoots  with professional models, varnishing the ambrotype, analysis of photographs taken during the workshop. All participants will be provided with: glass plates, chemicals necessary for wetplate including salted collodion, iron developer, fixer, sensitizer and varnish, a darkroom  for preparing and processing wetplates, the garden surrounding the Tricity School of Photography which makes a wonderful setting for wetplate photography, as well as a photographic studio prepared for wetplate work, two professional models for the shoot...
Retrophotography – silver gelatin portraits

Retrophotography – silver gelatin portraits

In the world of omnipresent digital photography, more and more often we miss the magic of film photography based on silver particles creating the image. We miss its elegance and pleasantly slow workflow. At the same time classical film photography is increasingly becoming a thing of the past for most of us; something mysterious and ‘difficult’. We have prepared a two day course entirely devoted to demistyfying black and white silver gelatin photography in whose course we will not only revise (or introduce) the principles of working with silver gelatin materials but will, above all, have an opportunity to do practical work shooting portraits, supervised by experience tutors and with participation of professional models. The programme of the workshop covers: using manual film cameras and a quick revision of basic photographic principles, developing black and white negatives, making a silver gelatin print under supervision, two photographic shoots with professional models, making silver gelatin prints based on the shoots, assessing the resulting prints. The following will be available for all the participants: two rolls black and white film (135 or 120), photographic papers (13×18 and 18×24 cm) chemicals required for processing black and white negatives, chemicals required for processing black and white prints, fully equipped darkroom, professional models make up artist and stylist Zenit and Practica film SLRs for participants who do not own their own film cameras, hot drinks (tea and coffee), Duration: 16 hrs (Saturday and Sunday) Maximum number of participants: 6 Language: English and Polish Price: 150 euros. For those participants who book before January 20th, 2018 we offer a reduced price of 125 eu. Date: February 24-25, 2018 Tutors:...
Platinum and palladium printing

Platinum and palladium printing

Platinum print and its sister technique palladium print are among the oldest, rarest and most permanent photographic techniques. They enable the artist to create pictures of amazing tonality, really unique ones of amazing permanence, limited only by the permanence of the paper they are made on. Small wonder this was the technique of choice of such masters as Edward Steichen or Irwin Penn. We’ve prepared a workshop which will enable participants to learn the intricacies of the process and start their own, independent work, taught by Radosław Brzozowski. This will be an opportunity to gain a wide range of skills ranging from choosing appropriate tools and papers and ending with displaying your prints. The programme of the  workshop covers: a theoretical introduction, presentation of platinum prints, preparing a digital negative for platinum printing (4 pcs), practical work with stylized models, developing black and white negatives for platinum printing, tips on developing large format negatives for platinum printing, making palladium prints, making a platinum print, print presentation,   All the participants will be privided with: chemicals required for platinum and palladium printing, papers appropriate for platinum and palladium printing, all materials and tools required for platinum and palladium printing, a fully equipped darkroom, facilities to print a digital large format negative, standard black and white developer and fixer for negative work, two large format cameras for the group, four large format negatives for each participants hot drinks (tea and coffee). maximum group size: 4 length of the workshop: 16hrs Language: English and Polish Instructor: Radosław Brzozowski Location: Tricity School of Photography, 34 Wierzbowa St, Gdynia, Poland Nearest airport: Gdańsk Rębiechowo, Poland...