Booking a workshop

Booking a workshop

The single unifying idea that connects all our workshops and photographic trips is their highes quality and this in turn means individual treatment offered to all the participants as well as constant involvement on the part of instructors. It also necessitates work in small groups so that we can divide our attention among a limited number of participants and ensure that everyone gets sufficient attention and assistance. This in turn forces us to impose limits on the number of participants for each event. In order to ensure that a place is booked for you please contact us at: fotografia@radoslawbrzozowski.com Please notice that booking a workshop later than 30 days before it commences incurs and extra cost of 30 eu TSF-Trójmiejskie Studio Fotografii Radosław Brzozowski 56 1090 1102 0000 0001 0858 3223 We also accept paypal; please contact us for...
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 April 20th, 2017 we offer a reduced price of 125 eu. Date: November May 20-21, 2017 Tutors:...
Talbotype – the saltprint

Talbotype – the saltprint

Talbotype – the saltprint is a workshop designed for everyone who not only wants to make prints using this technique, but also to learn to control the contrast and colour of the resulting prints. For the whole two days we will be learning the intricacies of the process so as to get the maximum amount of control over it. Saltprint is one of the oldest photographic techniques, a sister to calotype. Apparently simple, it nevertheless requires considerable knowledge if you want optimal results and control. It is often associated with brownish hues; not entirely correctly. Considered not to be permanent in its heyday and yet, if processed carefully it matches the permanence of most silver based processes.   During the workshop we will learn: to prepare salted paper using various recipes, to control the image contrast, to sensitize paper using glass rod and hake brush, to expose the print and process it in order to obtain the desired permanence and tonality, to make stabilized prints following the oldest method, to tone saltprints. The programme covers: a theoretical introduction, presentation of sample saltprints, preparation of salted paper using different recipes, practical exercises in sensitizing paper, preparing the negative (both a traditional large format negative and a digital one), practical work with practice negatives, practical exercises in controlling contrast, comparing the results obtained by using different recipes, practical toning of saltprints, opportunity to make own photographs using the school studio, opportunity to print digital negatives from participants’ own images (3pcs) matting and presenting the pictures. The price includes all the necessary materials and equipment, particularly: all chemicals required for the process, including...
Gumprint

Gumprint

Gum bichromate is one of the oldest photographic techniques, older than the silver gellatine print most of us know. At the same time it is a pictorial technique, allowing the photographer a considerable degree of freedom of manipulation while creating the final print and thus enabling him to create visual effects unavailable in other techniques. It was, one could argue, created as an antidote to the mechanical perfection of reproduction and lack of ability to manipulate the resulting image in the other early photographic processes and as such it still works perfectly in the age of mechanical perfection of digital photography.   As it requires much more work than silver or iron based techniques, gumprint was, with time, almost entirely replaced by the much less time consuming silver gellatine print which, in turn, lost its position to digital images. Yet today, when we have become tired of the super saturated, technically perfect digital images, gumprint has once more proved to be a perfect solution. Gum bichromate prints are unique and even their author is unable to make an identical copy; a quality that makes gumprints highly collectible and increases their value. The time and work required to create a single print also foster a special emotional reaction with one’s work. Our workshop is designed for all those who seek something different than the mechanical repetition of technically perfect, emotioneless prints, desiring the creation of each of their pictures to reflect their involvement and passion. The programme includes: theoretical introduction, preparing paper for gumprinting, presentation of gumprints, tips on preparing negatives for gumprinting, making a multilayred gumprint, assessment of prints made during the...
workshops unlike anything else – about us

workshops unlike anything else – about us

It is enough to key ‘photographic course’ into a search engine and we will get hundreds if not thousands of links to courses, workshops and schools of all descriptions. Then why should we think anyone will choose us? The reasons are many: first of all what we invite you to take part in are workshops unlike anything else, workshops devoted to historical processes in photography. The range of workshop and field trips we have prepared is unique in Europe and the only one that gives an opportunity to master all the essential photographic techniques that preceded digital photography. This choice of subject is not accidental; historical photography has long been our passion and the chosen method of work; our knowledge has been gathered over years of research, experimentation and practical work. Most workshops are taught by Radosław Brzozowski, an alternative photography passionate, owner of one of the largest libraries devoted to alt processes. He is currently responsible for research and quality in Alternative Photographic Products, the only supplier of materials for historical photography in Poland and Central Europe. He also teaches historical processes in the Tricity School of Photography in Sopot and is the author of a bestselling book on nude photography “Fotografia Obnażona” (Photography Exposed). What is most important, he works using alt processes on a daily basis. The next reason is our long experience in teaching. All our tutors are not only expert photographers, authors of exhibitions, albums and books on photography, but first of all experienced teachers supervised by Radosław Brzozowski, a teacher by training and experience (nearly twenty years of teaching career in one of...