Tutor: Morwenna Kearsley
A four-week online course to help you understand your SLR, learn more about the history of photography and figure out which genre of photography suits you best. Learn how to put the exposure triangle into practise, discover techniques for making pictures without expensive professional equipment and learn about the history of photography through looking at specific photographers and photographic genres. At the end of the course you will have shot a 36exp roll of B&W film. Your negatives will be processed and sent back to with scans of your work.
*Each 2 hours session will be delivered via Zoom and a video of the session will be sent to you after the session ends.
Session 1: Learning to use your camera
– Introduction to using a 35mm SLR (or a medium format camera of you have one)
– Exposure triangle. Learn about using aperture, shutter speed and iso to expose the perfect negative.
– Learn how to use in-built, hand-held light and smart phone app meters.
Task: Shoot the first 9 frames of your film, taking inspiration from anywhere you like! Remember to write down your exposure settings in a notebook for each frame.
Session 2: An Introduction to the History of Photography
– We will look at examples of early photographic techniques from the 19th century, examples of
pictorialism and modernist photography from the 20th century and some up to date examples
of photography from the 21st century!
– Re-cap on any technical aspects from Session 01
Task: Shoot the next 9 frames, taking inspiration from an image you have been shown this evening. Remember to write down your exposure settings in a notebook for each frame.
Session 3: Portraiture & Self-portraiture
– We will look in detail at portraits and self-portraits by August Sander, Richard Avedon, Roy
DeCarava, Diane Arbus, Carrie May Weems and Maud Sulter.
– We will also look at lighting plans for domestic and outdoor settings (no professional lighting
Task: Shoot the next 9 frames, using 4 to make a portrait of someone else (or an animal-friend) and 4 self-portraits. Remember to write down your exposure settings in a notebook for each frame.
Session 4: Still life & Landscape
– We will look in detail at still life work by John Blakemore, Běla Kolářová and Edward Weston
& landscape photography by Ansel Adams, Benjamin Sherry, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Sally
– Lighting suggestions for domestic and outdoor settings (no professional lighting kits required!)
Task: Shoot the final 9 frames, using 4 for still life and 4 on a landscape. Remember to write down your exposure settings in a notebook for each frame. When you are ready, post your roll of film to Stills for processing or book onto the 3hr film processing session to learn how to do it yourself!
If you would like to learn how to process and print your own negatives in Stills’ darkrooms, we have new add-on sessions in Processing Black & White Film and Introduction to B&W Printing for which this course is the perfect foundation.
Please note: all sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We would ask you to download this in advance and make sure you have a stable internet connection, but you do not need to have a Premium account.
There is a 15% discount for signing up to all 3 Black & White courses (Introduction to Black & White Photography – Online, Processing Black & White Film, and Introduction to B&W Printing Session). Please use the code B&WBUNDLE15 at checkout to qualify.
Students, anyone over the age of 65, and those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. Valid proof of eligibility must be produced on the first day of the course. Please use the code CONCESSION when prompted at checkout.