Black & White Film and Darkroom Holiday

Traditional Black & White Darkroom Photography

Includes 4 Nights at An Portan Guest House, Dunquin, Kerry, Ireland. TBA 2019

Traditional Black & White Darkroom Photography Holiday in Dunquin

4 Nights at An Portan Guest House, Dunquin, Kerry, Ireland. TBA 2019

Includes 4 nights, with room, breakfast and three course evening meal, all materials and use of equipment, tuition and transport between An Portan in Dunquin and photography locations.

We haven’t scheduled this holiday for 2019 but please see our Black & White Film and Darkroom Weekend in Dunquin

Experience 5 days of traditional black and white film and darkroom photography during May 2018, based in Dunquin, Co Kerry, Ireland, surrounded by the amazing scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, led by George Jackson, a photographer who has worked in film and darkroom since the early 1990’s. This holiday provides a complete introduction to film and darkroom for any level of experience and knowledge in which you’ll learn how to use a film camera, develop your film and print photographs from your negatives in the darkroom. Everything you require for the holiday is included and every participant is given a Minolta 35mm manual camera with lens and films to use for the duration of the holiday and there’s a ready supply of filters, tripods and other accessories.

  • Traditional darkroom black and white photography
  • Ideal for any level of interest, ability and experience
  • Improve your photography at any level with group sessions and 1 on 1 learning
  • Metering, exposure and composition techniques
  • Develop and process your own film by hand
  • Print and take home your own B&W photographs
  • Unlock your creative potential at wonderful locations
  • Sunrise and sunset photography sessions
  • Visit fabulous beaches, rugged coastline, castles and antiquities
  • Maximum of 4 participants with group and 1 on 1 sessions
  • All locations easily accessible from the minibus with no strenuous walking or climbing

This photography holiday runs from Wednesday 9th May when we meet in the afternoon at An Portan Guest House in Dunquin and finishes on Sunday 13th May during the afternoon.

During our first outdoor sessions at spectacular locations around the Dingle Peninsula, we’ll start at the very beginning with the 35mm film camera controls and learn how to use the aperture, shutter and meter to obtain a correct exposure. After shooting our first film we’ll move indoors to the darkroom and get familiar with the processing equipment and procedures before practicing the film loading process and then doing it for real.

We’ll load some more film in the cameras and begin to look at how composition, natural light and shadow come together in black and white photography and how to use them to full effect. We’ll use a variety of filters to control exposure and enhance contrast and learn about the characteristics of film and experiment with some long exposures. When we’ve taken, and processed a couple of films we’ll commence printing sessions in the darkroom and this is when we really start to see the magic of black and white darkroom photography happening. Towards the end of the holiday and when we’re more familiar with everything we’ll each shoot a roll of black and white infra-red film using a variety of subjects, and process and make a print from it.

While we are working in the darkroom we won’t spend as much time outside as we usually do on our other holidays and workshops but we’ll still make the most of the early morning and evening light as photographers and take full advantage of the superb surroundings of the Dingle Peninsula. There’ll also be times when we’re waiting for films and prints to dry or we just fancy a break and we’ll make the most of this time by visiting some of the many fantastic locations and antiquities in West Kerry. Weather permitting a typical day will begin with an optional dawn and sunrise shoot. Following breakfast at An Portan, we’ll be progressing with the black and white photography either out on location or in the darkroom. Around mid-day, we’ll stop for a break and a snack, in Dingle or any other of the towns or villages close to hand, before continuing the session through the afternoon. Towards evening we’ll usually head to the coastline to take in the evening light and hopefully catch a sunset, before heading back to An Portan for dinner.

Location: An Portan, Dunquin, Co. Kerry, Ireland.  Wednesday 9th – Sunday 13th May 2018

Learn more about An Portan Guest House

Includes room, breakfast and dinner for 4 nights, photography tuition, use of camera and equipment, film, paper, chemicals and transport between photography locations

Discount available for 2 persons sharing a room and non-participating sharers are also welcome, please use the contact form below for details, or indeed, if you have any other enquiries.

This photography holiday is also available for small groups, based at An Portan Guest House throughout their season, which runs from April to September.  Please contact us using the form below for availability and pricing.

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