The Art of Film Photography & Basic Photography Skills
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The Art of Film Photography & Basic Photography Skills

A Beginners Guide and introduction to the art of traditional photography. Learn the basics alongside traditional skills.
4.5 (6 ratings)
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115 students enrolled
Created by Dean Benstead
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Gain a basic understanding of Photography skills and techniques
  • Learn the science behind photography and the art of image capturing
  • Carry out and use film processing within the home environment using traditional practices
  • Become your own master of photography and learn in an easy going and light hearted fashion
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  • Get a camera, old or new, the older the better. Try to get a Pentax K1000 if possible, its that good and reliable you'll leave it in your Will!

Learn a dying art that is Film Photography. Learn the complicated in a simple way within the surroundings of your own home. Bring photography back to life and create timeless photos and steal back what digital has taken from you. Simply...learn how to take photos and make them from the vision of your eye to the print of your wall, and enjoy the process....Be part of the film revival!!!

Learn the very core and basics of Photography covering areas such as:

  • Aperture, Speed and ISO.
  • Composition - Rule of Thirds, Sweet Spots and Lines.
  • Settings for Portraits and Landscape shots.

Learn in an unrestricted way where practice and correcting mistakes takes priority over tedious dictations and perfection. This course will teach you the 'rules' and push you towards your personal and unique style of photography.

Have you never used a film camera? Not to worry, this course will guide you through everything from choosing a film to loading it within a film camera. You will also learn how to safely remove your film, store and create that film into negatives. Learn the magic of printing your very own print. It's a satisfying feeling when you see that image magically appear on that bit of paper after all the effort you've put in. It's even more satisfying when you see the quality of your work in broad daylight. We will cover:

  • Darkroom Equipment and Materials
  • Tips and techniques for ease of use and better results
  • Chemicals processes and preparations.

This course is instructed in a way that will allow the absolute beginner to start from scratch and operate a home lab not too different from a pro lab. Create results that have been used for over 100 years, become part of a dying breed and learn a skill. It's a skill you can easily learn, develop and pass on! Videos are accompanied with supplementary material in the form of a pdf guide. This will allow you to follow the actions of each lecture but also to follow a written guide for some finer details. Sometimes a 5 second video extract can say more than a paragraph in a guide, but a guide can create a definitive detail that would be boring and uninspiring to listen to in a video. With this course you have the best of both worlds and a choice as to which way you want to learn.

This course is based upon a 10 week practical learning basis. You can complete this course in an hour, but the aim is that you complete a lecture practice for a week, testing technique, then moving onto the next lecture. That way, you are giving yourself time to learn and experiment and not being bogged down with feeling pressured to move through the course at a pace that doesn't suit you. Please do your own research and change any areas that you do not agree with in this course. This course isn't a definitive guide, it's a guide to introduce you and hopefully expand your knowledge and thinking.

Take this course and you will open yourself up to a skill and expertise that is fast disappearing. You'd be surprised at the acknowledgement and comments you'll get when you have a film camera. Don't let a microchip control your photos and memories, put yourself in control and be your own artist.

Who is the target audience?
  • Take this course if you want to learn a new skill
  • Take this course if you want to revive a 100 year art
  • Take this course if you want to improve and maximise your photography skills
  • Don't take this course if you like boredom and rules. This course is about learning the 'rules' and then breaking them!
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Photography Basics
5 Lectures 13:11

Lets start the course at a simple level and look at three ways you can dramatically improve your images without touching a setting on your camera. We'll cover 'The Sweet Spot', 'The Rule of Thirds' and 'Positioning and Angles'. Try these composition tips out and you will see an overall improvement in your photographs. We will then take a look at Aperture in Lecture 2, one of the three key areas in image exposure.

Preview 3 pages

One of the three fundamentals for correct photograph exposure is Aperture. Learn what Aperture is, how you can use it and what effect it has upon your images. Learn to take professional style portraits and encompassing landscape shots.

What is Aperture? And What Does it Do?

Use shutter speed to slow down your action shot or to compensate your Aperture setting. This lecture gives a run down on what shutter speed is (see Supplementary Material), what it does and how it works in tandem with Aperture for correct exposure.

What is Shutter Speed? And Why Is It Important?

ISO. What is it and how can we use it? This section will tell you how you can use ISO to improve the in depth quality of your photo, whilst also providing a useful tool to set an exposure that would otherwise be unobtainable in the environment you are in.

What is ISO and How Can it Help Me?

We've already looked at 3 areas of Composition, now let's test the rest. Turn your photo's from good to great and make your images stand out and reflect what your minds eye sees.

Composition - The Rules of Great Photography
3 pages

Section Quiz
5 questions
Film Photography
5 Lectures 17:24

In this lecture we'll be looking at the general workings of a film camera, in this instance a Pentax K1000. This will help you gain an understanding of the workings of a film camera and how this transfers to producing a successful exposure upon your film.

Preview 05:21

Gain an understanding of different lenses and see working examples of focal lengths in action. Understanding how and where different lenses are most effective will save you time and progress your photography experience.

Lens Focal Length and Uses

How to we measure the effect our camera has based upon the light of the environment we are in? Well, this is where metering comes into play. This lecture will give you a run down of analogue and digital metering systems along with working examples and images to show you how to meter using your equipment, or by using the Sunny 16 Rule should you not have a meter.

Understanding and Using Metering
6 pages

A simple task, but get it wrong and your film photography has fell at the first hurdle. Learn how to extract a film from its casing and load into a film camera, in this case the Pentax K1000. Gain some tips for the safe loading and operation of your film and learn how to extract the film when you are done without exposing it and causing damage due to light.

Preview 06:09

Knowing where to start with film can be difficult, which is why I've added this short guide to my personal preferences when it comes to different film. I'll tell you why I like each one and what arena or environments they can be best used in.

Film Preferences - A Starting Point
2 pages

Section Quiz
5 questions
Time to Create Those Negatives and Prints
4 Lectures 38:03

We'll take a look around the darkroom at some of the equipment used and what they are for. This equipment can be bought brand new from some suppliers (Firstcall Photographic in the UK) or very cheap second hand from eBay or local classifieds such as GumTree. A darkroom can be setup in your home and takes up very little space.

An Overview of the Darkroom and Equipment

Loading a film into your development tank is an important but tricky task as it must be completed in complete darkness. Learn how to do this exercise and practice with a spent film in daylight. Use this lecture as a guide into safely preparing your equipment and safely loading your film into the development tank ready for the chemical process.

Loading a Development Tank with Film!

This is where the process gets exciting and we'll see your images for the first time (although inverted). You will learn how to prepare your chemicals and develop your film to create negatives. This can be carried out safely in your home using basic equipment. All you need is a sink and fresh running water.

Chemical Development (Creating Negatives)

Back into the dark room, we are going to take your negatives and create high quality and sharp prints onto photographic light sensitive paper. This is a magical exercise as you are using light to create an image. You won't see your results until they appear in your chemical process.

Create a Test Strip and Make Prints

Section Quiz
5 questions
1 Lecture 00:00

I hope you've learnt a lot and improved upon your photography skills while also making inways into your traditional film techniques. Look at this course as a vague guide and improve and perfect. Whilst all the lectures in this course are key, use them as a baseline. This is not a science, it's an art and you're a creator. Learn, fail, learn, fail, learn, perfect, learn and perfect. Please take a look at some of the other courses coming soon such as 360 Degree Panoramic photography and create your own virtual tours. If there is any part of this course that you think could be improved upon or added, please let me know in order to improve this course and future courses. Thank-you!!!

I hope you've learnt a lot...
3 pages
Extra Materials and Supplements
1 Lecture 00:00

With permissions and thanks to Firstcall Photographic Ltd, the attached development chart is a great document to have around the darkroom. At a quick glance you can find the development times required for the most common films suitable for your developer.

Development Chart and Supplier Details
1 page
About the Instructor
Dean Benstead
4.5 Average rating
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115 Students
1 Course
Revive your photos and bring your images into the conciousness of your life.

My name is Dean Benstead and I have had a long life interest and fascination with photography and taking photos. Having owned many disposable cameras back in the 90's, to owning my first digital 'point and shoot' camera in the noughties, I decided to take a closer, and more detailed look, at how the process works and what foundation this magical skill has which started way back in the mid 19th century.

Having been brought up in the digital era, I have always had an inclination towards film photography but never had any idea as to how this old fashioned dying art was performed, or the need for it. Having started an academic course in photography, I was introduced to the world of film alongside the Darkroom and the techniques that go into developing film and processing prints. I fell in love with the art with the curiosity and intrigue, and alongside the pureness of film, I was hooked. I prefer black and white film images of regional landscapes as I try to draw out the contrasts that black and white film plays upon, but I also like to look at the world through a slightly different perspective, be it different angles or parts of a subject not usually given a lot of attention or significance.

Although I have a love of film photography, I also respect and admire what digital media has done for the industry and for the user. Improvements in technology have made digital on a par with film in many respects, added to the fact that they are more convenient, accessible and affordable. For that reason, I prefer to enhance and repair images using desktop applications in order to get the most out of an image so that it can be enjoyed to its full! I have created a working knowledge of 360° Panoramic Photography using trial and error techniques and self learning, producing some outstanding results. I hope to share this knowledge with you in order to enhance your photography learning and experience.

I hope you learn a few things from my courses, and even if it only improves one of your photos or provides one extra new skill, it has made the creation of these courses worthwhile. Thanks and enjoy.