Large Format View Camera Workshop Perth

Black and white film processing and traditional printmaking are my regular photography tools. I offer introductory to advanced photography workshops in the Perth metro area.
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View Camera Workshop 2 Days

Day 1 -View Camera Introduction

Are you curious about the advantages of using a large-format view camera? Perhaps you are wondering what’s involved? Or maybe you are just considering starting out in large format photography? Then this workshop is for you. This introductory large format 4×5 workshop offers hands-on experience. Regardless of whether your interest is portraits or landscapes, you will learn techniques with applications for both.

I run Large Format View Camera Workshops outdoors along the wooded banks of the Canning River Reserve. You will get hands-on experience using a 4×5 field camera on location. I will guide you through the process of setting up and using a large-format camera. After lunch, you will then put this newly gained knowledge into practice by making your own 4×5 photographs.

The Canning River Reserve provides a great learning environment. There is a wealth of subject matter and lighting conditions for you to experience while using a 4×5 field camera. Even if you don’t own a 4×5 camera you will be provided with one to use. If you own a 4×5 view camera then bring it along. Workshop numbers are limited to a maximum of 2 participants. Facilities at Kent St Weir include the brand new Canning River Cafe for small meals or bring a sandwich.

Bring your own 4×5 camera or use one of ours, let me know your preference.

Workshop Location Kent Street Weir Canning River Wilson

Day 2 – Introduction to Darkroom Film Processing & Printing

Into Day 2, you are introduced to traditional darkroom processing and printing techniques. Using the previous day’s exposures, this is where for many participants their understanding comes full circle.

You will learn how easy it is to develop a black and white film. Find out about proper storage and care of negatives, archiving and the importance of making proper contact proof prints.

Discover how to enlarge your black and white negatives. You will receive expert guidance through the process of making your first silver gelatin print. This workshop will be held in my darkroom, participants limited to a maximum of 2.

Introductory Film Developing Darkroom Printing Workshop

Introductory film processing
Introductory Film Developing and Darkroom Printing

Everything you need about developing and printing your films

Advanced Darkroom Printing Workshop

Advanced Printing Techniques

Learn about split grade printing. Explore advanced contrast controls such as negative masking and flashing. Understand archival print processing, print presentation, and storage. Please email or message me to discuss your requirements before booking.

Photography Workshop Calendar

Printing workshops are held at my residence in Perth. Full weekend photography workshops cost $600. The workshop fee includes photographic paper, film processing, and light refreshments. Select two consecutive full day time slots, 9.00 AM – 4.00 PM both days. You can pay online via PayPal or contact me for direct payment details. You will receive an email confirming your appointment. Need further information about this workshop? Please contact or message me.


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  1. Hi Alex – the August workshop was great! It really satified my curiosity about large format photography. I have been tempted by large format for some time now but would never have pursued it had I not attended your workshop. It’s much easier to get involved (and make purchases), when you have an idea what you’re getting yourself into. You managed to make something previously quite intimidating seem so simple. Similarly, now that you’ve shown me how to print I’m more motivated than ever to get a darkroom up and running (almost there now).

    Thanks for the benefit of your knowledge and for your patience with my many (sometimes silly?) questions. I look forward to participating in another workshop or field trip with you in the future!



    • Thanks for your feedback about the workshop and kind words. I appreciated your interest and questions and I always seem to come away from these workshops having learnt a little bit more myself!


  2. Love that you’re doing this! Good luck with your workshop!

    • Thanks for your support Marie. This is the third workshop I will be running this year and probably the last for 2012 due to my photography commitments. The workshops are always a lot of work (and fun) and I generally lose my voice by the end of the weekend from answering questions, but I also learn a lot from my students as well.

  3. Did the one day printing and developing workshop in August, it was fantastic! I learnt a lot and it was well catered to my level and experience. I left with some beautiful prints and the knowledge of how I can develop my own film at home. Thanks Alex!

    • Hi Emily, it was a good day in which I got to demonstrate that with a minimum of gear, and without a darkroom, you can process your films at home. While making traditional darkroom prints, it was also an opportunity to discuss digital scanning or hybrid workflows. So now you can shoot and process film, scan and make digital prints. One day when you have darkroom access, you can make traditional prints as well from your negs. Lots of options, thanks for attending!

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