LOCATION WEX Photo Video Store, Edinburgh
TIME 10:00 to 16:00 
Group Size 6
Guide for Event David Southard
Fitness Level Light walking
Camera Experience Beginners and up
Disability Access The training room is on the ground floor
Suitability Wild Arena workshops are not suitable for children under the age of 14 years old and a full paying adult must accompany any under 16’s.
  • Individual loan 35mm film camera for every delegate
  • Free 36 exposure Kodak (or similar) Film included
  • Small group size for best learning outcomes
  • Refreshments & light lunch included
  • Guided street photography session for ‘real world’ shooting experience
  • Loan 35mm film camera for shoot session (aprox. 2.5 hours)
  • Free 36 exposure Kodak (or similar) film
  • Tea/coffee on arrival
  • Simple sandwich lunch, but please bring anything you feel you need to adapt this for individual dietary requirements.
Not Included
  •  Film processing
  • Any additional film or purchases
Time of Year All year round on specified dates
What we aim to cover We try to tailor all our sessions to suit our guests, so we do not always cover all the topics depending on the individual needs. Typical topics we can cover in this session are: camera shutter speeds, apertures, metering for correct exposure, manual focusing techniques and film settings

The obvious question before we start is; “why shoot traditional film in an age of digital photography?” Well, there may be many answers to this, but at Wild Arena we have the view that film still offers a timeless, rewarding and challenging creative format for photographers.

Of course, modern digital SLR’s are amazing in their quality and faultless functionality, but the relatively slow and manual process involved in older film cameras, can really focus the photographers’ creative thoughts. When every picture has a material cost, the photographer starts to become more discerning about how these images are initially captured. This often then leads to the epiphany of ‘re-discovering’ a joy in the basic act of creating an image.

In short, the film process can connect the photographer, through a traditional and considered process, to an entirely different and rewarding shooting process.

By way of a short history, the earliest, practical photographic process was the ‘Daguerreotype’ in 1839 but film as we now know it was pioneered by George Eastman around 1885. Film therefore dominated and facilitated the growth in modern photography for well over 100 years. Amongst the many film formats during this time, ‘135’ stills photography film, ushered in a whole new world of smaller, lighter and more affordable cameras in the later 1930’s. The 35mm format was further popularised by the titanic rise of the SLR (inter-changeable lens) cameras and this is where our fun, informative and creative workshop will be centred.

The day is really all about getting a great start in the process of shooting film images using traditional 35mm film SLR cameras. After a welcome tea and coffee your tutor will run through an introductory briefing covering the basics we think you will need to know to get a confident start in shooting film. Each delegate will be provided with a loan film SLR complete with a 36 exposure, Kodak colour negative film (or similar). We will cover film loading and safe handling as well as the basic operation of the SLR camera.

The briefing will also cover more generic photographic skills and ideas such as camera shutter speeds, apertures, metering for correct exposure, manual focusing techniques and film settings.

Once the briefing is complete and we have had a short break for lunch, we will head out as a group to put the theory into practice, with a 2.5 hour street photography walk.

The day is not only about technical ideas, the guide will also take time to encourage everyone to think artistically about what images they personally wish to produce. Different genres of shooting can be considered from candid street to architecture and abstracts and our hope is the experience will be creatively stimulating for everyone.

We will conclude by returning back to our base to summarise the session. Delegates will have access to a PDF version of the mornings presentation and the tutor will make recommendations about film processing and digital scans.

The tutor for the session will have many years of both digital and analogue photography experience and should be able to answer a wide range of thoughts and questions around the subject. They will also be happy to offer advice and ideas around purchasing analogue film cameras that would be suitable for every individual need and budget.

Being based in the welcoming and friendly environment of a respected camera store, also means we have access to other support too, like second hand camera sales and additional film purchases.

In summary, if you have ever fancied the idea of a more traditional approach to photography but are unsure of how best to proceed, this could be the perfect day for you!

Edinburgh with WEX Photo Video Store

We are really pleased to be hosting this event with our good friends WEX Photo Video Store in Edinburgh, this store has ample facilities for the day and of course plenty of kit on hand to tempt us all. Edinburgh is a fantastic destination for street photography, with Edinburghs Old and New Towns listed as UNESCO world Heritage sites in recognition of the unique character of the Old Town with its medieval street layout and the planned Georgian New Town.

10.00 Arrival at workshop base location

10.10 Tea/coffee and introductory briefing

11.00 Basic 35mm SLR camera functions and film loading

12.30 Break for lunch (a basic sandwich lunch will be provided but please bring anything you feel you need to adapt this for individual dietary requirements).

13.15 Guided practical photography walk in nearby city locations

15.45 Return to workshop base for summary

16.00  Close & depart

PLEASE NOTE: Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
October 19, 2022

I had a wonderful time at the Analogue Photography Workshop. So nice to be using film again and slowing down the whole photography process.
A really enjoyable day working in fully manual and looking for photo opportunities around Liverpool.

Looking forward to getting the film developed and seeing the results.

David radiated enthusiasm for analogue photography and made the workshop very relaxed and interesting.
Thank you for a good day.

October 20, 2022

Once again a superb workshop with David. His enthusiasm for analogue photography was evident and he delivered in a very relaxed manner. I gained in confidence as the day progressed and was soon more confident using the analogue camera provided. Let’s hope my photos will be as good!!

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