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New Workshop! The Real Hipstamatic: Film Development on 1 November

Strolling towards the Velodrom in Friedrichshain during a workshop

Strolling towards the Velodrom in Friedrichshain during a workshop

The next workshop on black and white film development has just been announced for 1 November, at 13:00. The Real Hipstamatic workshop is a chance to learn the basics of exposure, shot on film, and learn to develop black-and-white film yourself in the darkroom. All details are available here.

Ready to Sign Up? Just send me an email.

In addition, two other workshops which have been previously announced are taking place in November and December. During Printing from a Negative: Make The Magic on 15 November you can learn how to enlarge photos in the darkroom. Perfect if you have some of your own negatives or have attended The Real Hipstamatic and want to keep going deeper into film photography.

At the Pinhole Camera Photography workshop on 13 December 2013 you can learn how to make a camera out of things lying around your apartment. We’ll build cameras and use them right away, shooting pictures and developing them in the darkroom.

All workshops are held in Berlin-Friedrichshain on Fridays at 13:00, lasting about 6 hours.

Questions? Send an email. More information is available here,

First Steps for Black and White: Get a Camera!

The first step into the wonderful world of analog photography is to get a camera. Before you work in the darkroom, learn to develop film, enlarge your own prints, or anything else of the sort, you need to get a camera. Fortunately, countless were made throughout the 20th century, most still work, and most go unused.

For most of my artistic black and white work, I used old medium format cameras, like the Rolleiflex which was once my grandfather’s. Your parent’s attic is the first place to look. Old lenses like these still work great for black and white photography.  I use a lot of 35mm film cameras (“normal” size), too. You can get some of the classics (like a Canon AE-1) for a hundred bucks. Unlike in digital, the camera doesn’t affect the pictures. The photographer does, as does the lens, the film and plenty more. For Berliners, don’t buy something at Mauerpark – it isn’t likely to work. Try ASA90 in Neukölln instead, the cameras will work and are warrantied. Plus, the guy is awesome.

My grandpa's Rolleiflex, from the attic.

My grandpa’s Rolleiflex, from the attic.