Thursday, March 21, 2013

In The Dark

Teaching photography is certainly one of the most enjoyable jobs I have had the pleasure of doing. With the current black & white class I have through NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies, it is really hard to call it a job. The class is a mix of newbies and "repeat offenders" as I call them – the ones who keep coming back for more darkroom action. We had a great day in the lighting studio a few classes back. Local photographer Veronica Horsman blasted off nearly ten rolls of film through her Hasselblad, mostly of her classmates, herself, and even a few of me (see below).

Photo and packaging © Veronica Horsman 2013

Veronica surprised us last class by bringing in neatly packaged little mementos from her portrait session. Super fun! One of the most wonderful feelings as an instructor is the moment when an idea "clicks" in someones mind. I was explaining split-filter printing on two different occasions this winter, and both times a light came on, the student "got it," and the resulting prints were marvellous. For fun, here was the print I did to demo split-filter printing during class. Have fun and keep shooting!

#5 test strip – determining black

#5 down – test to determine #00 time

Test proof – almost there

Final– Ilford Multigrade FB Matte,  7 x 9 inch

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