Film Photography Workshop

Learn to shoot film
5 sessions, 2-3 hours each, Private one-on-one (see course outline)

A workshop for those wanting to revive history, the Film Photography Workshop would give you a strong foundation in exposure concepts and force you to think before you shoot (Sorry Lomographers!).

Dispelling the myth that shooting film equates to shooting blinded or shooting film is for the pros, you would use this workshop to build upon your technical knowledge and have fun taking photographs the good old way — by reading light and composing in the viewfinder.

Heck, we’ll give you 3 rolls of film so you have plenty of opportunity to play around and learn — not just shooting different types of film, but also under different lighting conditions. To top that, you will dunk your rolls and develop your own photos — old school style — with chemicals and in total darkness! Not enough? We’ll also digitise your films so you can show off on Facebook!

At the end of the workshop, you would shed away your insecurities, review screens and histograms; instead shoot with confidence in varying lighting conditions from daylight to lowlight and even (gasp!) with a flash. You’ll stare in awe at the saturated slides and bold black and whites, the colours and tones unique to film. In short, you’ll be making pictures the way it has been done for over a century!

And most importantly, you’ll fall in love with the look and feel of film photographs when you develop your own film (black and white) and watch your photos on a light box with a loupe.


Langsa Village, Spiti Valley, India, 2010

Course Requirements

Participants must bring their own film camera (SLR or rangefinder with manual exposure capability). Film camera bodies may be rented for $30 for the workshop. A tripod is required for lesson 3. Basic working knowledge of general photography techniques including technical handling of cameras is assumed.

Tripod highly recommended Tripod required for lesson 3. Tripods of varying built quality are available for rent from our partner Camera Rental from $10-20 a day. Students enjoy a discount on equipment rental.

Course Schedule

Currently this class is only available for one-on-one private workshop.  Please email your enquiry to


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Course Outline

Lesson detailsTopics covered and learning objectives
Lesson 1

Location: Studio

  1. Introduction to Film Photography

  2. Types of film cameras and their quirks

  3. Films and film speeds

  4. When to use which film?

  5. Reciprocity rule and failure in films

  6. Concept of correct exposure

  7. Metering techniques

  8. Working with a lightmeter

Lesson 2
Outdoor shoot

Location: Fort Canning Park

    Photo Shoot
  1. Achieving correct exposure in the field

  2. Exposing for contrasty subjects

  3. Working with negative and slide films

  4. Working with lightmeters

    Learning Objectives
  1. Putting technical and compositional concepts from lesson 1 into action

  2. Understanding metering systems and how they work

Lesson 3
Low Light Shoot

Location: Studio and town area

  1. Shooting in low light

  2. Reciprocity failure and its effects

  3. Metering techniques for low light photography

  4. Bracketing exposures

  5. Working with flash

    Guided Shoot
  1. Shooting in low light

  2. Calculating exposure and compensation for reciprocity effects.

  3. Flash exposure and bracketing with flash

Lesson 4 Darkroom Introduction

Location: Analog Film Lab

    Introduction to the Darkroom
  1. Darkroom Etiquette

  2. Loading films in the dark

  3. Chemicals and their uses

  4. Controlling contrast and density of negatives

  5. Understanding processing errors and troubleshooting

Lesson 5 Workshop Debrief

Location: Analog Film Lab

    Workshop Review and Debrief
  1. Review of participants' photos

  2. Digitising and working with film scans

  3. Introduction to printing in the darkroom