Black and White Film Workshops

by Cale Byers

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Help introduce high school and college students to film photography. I've invested into equipment and supplies, and I need your support to pay for materials and continued instruction.

Students will be paid for their work, getting 1/3 of the proceeds from this campaign, free materials, and free instruction. The cameras are provided by me, so they don't need to invest money in order to learn about photography.

Analog film cameras are the best tool for beginning photography. The simplicity of a film camera reduces distractions, letting one focus on their art. When shooting film, only the aperture and shutter speed can be altered, because the film ISO is fixed. With only 2 variables, (ignoring pushing and pulling film), there is little to worry about.

No complex menu decisions about color gamut, highlight optimization, auto-focus detection methods, JPEG handling, etc.

Every image is a raw image, and darkroom printing teaches a unique way of producing images without computers.

As a photographer, film has helped develop my eye for composition, contrast, lighting, and artistic elements.

The expense of film requires a photographer to be deliberate and thoughtful, but the equipment is relatively cheap. A used, full-frame digital camera with a 50mm f1.4 lens will cost easily $400-500, but a 35mm film camera of similar specs, like a Minolta X-370 and 50mm 1.4, can be purchased for $20-50.

Our current gear library can support about 15 students. We have about 950 sheets of Ilford RC paper, 55 rolls of black and white film, and 25 sheets of 4x5 film for studio work.

Your financial support will help pay for supplies and reward the photographers for their work.

Risks and challenges

Cameras can be lost or damaged, but we have many available, and students will be expected to take care of their equipment.

Accidents with film are inevitable, but that's what makes it special. Some film will be exposed to light, developed improperly, or scratched. I will be demonstrating careful technique to protect negatives and make successful prints.

Sometimes, a damaged negative can still produce a nice photograph.

Prints will be mailed in padded envelopes and should arrive safely.

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