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Walking Workshop: Shooting B&W Film is a seven-hour workshop on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9am-4pm that is designed to guide you in making spectacular black-and-white film photos. Join Chicago Community Darkroom board member and City of Chicago photographer Patrick Pyszka in Chicago's Loop as he leads you to some of his favorite places to shoot beautiful black-and-white photos.

Receive tips on composing your photos, layering your subjects, feeling the light and nailing the moments. After a morning of photographing in downtown Chicago, Patrick will take you to our darkroom to develop your film and see your pictures. All materials will be provided. Bring only your camera and good walking shoes!

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Intro to B&W Printing Class on Thursday, September 4th

It's easy to get into a rut of going with short exposure times because it's familiar . The benefits of stopping down the enlarging lens a few stops however, often dictate longer exposures where the adjustments are more difficult to fathom. Even test strips can be fruitless, if one isn't testing in right time range.

Thinking in F-stops rather than fixed units in time, adjustments become logical and scalable for all printing situations.

Learn to Print the right way from Day One.

Participants will make contact sheets and use those to preplan printing decisions. They will the learn proper way to focus and set up for a full size print. They will make a test strip to decide on a base exposure time and make their first full sized print.

But most of all they'll learn how to analyze and make adjustments to their prints to get the results they want. Using filters will not be a focus for this class. But should the need arise, we will not shy away. Dodging and burning will covered as needed. For three hours, we will go where the negatives take us.

A print isn't a series of properly exposed areas. It's a range of tonalities the printer has chosen to present the viewer.

Take control from Day One. Sign up here.

We supply paper, chemistry and equipment, users must bring a roll of developed 35mm or 120 B&W film.

Intro to B&W Printing Class on Thursday, August 21

It's easy to get into a rut of going with short exposure times because it's familiar . The benefits of stopping down the enlarging lens a few stops however, often dictate longer exposures where the adjustments are more difficult to fathom. Even test strips can be fruitless, if one isn't testing in right time range.

Thinking in F-stops rather than fixed units in time, adjustments become logical and scalable for all printing situations.

Learn to Print the right way from Day One.

Participants will make contact sheets and use those to preplan printing decisions. They will the learn proper way to focus and set up for a full size print. They will make a test strip to decide on a base exposure time and make their first full sized print.

But most of all they'll learn how to analyze and make adjustments to their prints to get the results they want. Using filters will not be a focus for this class. But should the need arise, we will not shy away. Dodging and burning will covered as needed. For three hours, we will go where the negatives take us.

A print isn't a series of properly exposed areas. It's a range of tonalities the printer has chosen to present the viewer.

Take control from Day One. Sign up here.

We supply paper, chemistry and equipment, users must bring a roll of developed 35mm or 120 B&W film.

To Do Good Work One Must Look at Good Work

There are spectacular black-and-white photos on exhibit right now in Chicago. 

See them, be inspired, then get in here and work.

Our favorite black-and-white photo exhibits happening now:

Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful

Art Institute of Chicago, until September 14th

 

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

Harold Washington Library Center

Special Collections Exhibit Hall, until September 28th

 

Sharp, Clear Pictures: Edward Steichen’s World War I and Condé Nast Years

Art Institute of Chicago, until September 28th

Announcing July's Black and White Film Introductory Workshop

Saturday, July 19, 2014

9:30AM-4:30PM

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Learn how to shoot, process, and print traditional black-and-white photos that express your creative vision! The Chicago Community Darkroom's Black & White Film Introductory Workshop on Saturday, July 19, 2014 is a one-day workshop that provides a step-by-step guide for photographers either raised on digital or those who need a fun refresher on how to shoot, process, and print 35mm black-and-white film.

  Space is limited! Workshop size is small to ensure personal attention.

  All supplies provided: film, chemicals, negative sleeves and photo paper.

  Bring only your 35mm film camera and you'll leave with negatives and prints!

$125

WORKSHOP LEADER:

Patrick Pyszka is a photographer for the City of Chicago and board member of the Chicago Community Darkroom. He earned his BA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and worked as a newspaper photojournalist for five years before joining the city. A passionate black-and-white film photographer, Patrick will guide you through the fun basics of making real, silver, black-and-white photographs.

Print Out at Emmit's Pub

Instead of the usual Print Out, we thought it would be fun for everyone if we got out of the darkroom for a day and went on a little field trip. Next Wednesday, April 30th, we will be hosting a soiree at Emmit's Pub, 495 N Milwaukee. We think it's going to be a lot of fun for everyone to get together, grab some food and drink, and talk about photography. Gear, philosophy, inspirations, any and all are fit for conversation. You don't have to be a current CCD member to come, in fact, invite any and all photo-loving friends too! We'll start at 7pm and go until whenever the conversation runs out, which will take be a long while.