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Wet-collodion photographic workshop
with Photographer and Multimedia Artist Tomasz Madajczak.
11 am to 4 pm Saturday the 26th of October
Fee: €95 (including materials, gloves and goggles). Please bring old clothes.

email: info@westcorkartscentre.com
phone: 0863095076 or 02822090

Duration of the workshop 5-7 hours (with a lunch break). The maximum number of places is 4, to ensure each participant can expose 2 collodion plates. Booking and deposit essential to secure a place.

During the workshop, the participants will have a chance to create their own, unique 8x10"" collodion image, to take home. This will involve sensitising the plate with liquid collodion, capturing the image using 8x10 large format Wehman field camera, developing and fixing of the plate. The collodion will be done on black aluminium in a process called tintype - A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty and fine art form in the 21st.

Here is a short info about the process:
The wet-collodion process, also called collodion process, an early photographic technique invented by Englishman Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. The process involved adding a soluble iodide to a solution of collodion (cellulose nitrate) and coating a glass plate with the mixture.

Collodion process, mostly synonymous with the ""collodion wet plate process"", requires the photographic material to be coated, sensitised, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes, necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field. Collodion is normally used in its wet form, but can also be used in humid (""preserved"") or dry form, at the cost of greatly increased exposure time. The latter made the dry form unsuitable for the usual portraiture work of most professional photographers of the 19th century. The use of the dry form was therefore mostly confined to landscape photography and other special applications where minutes-long exposure times were tolerable.



Creative Digital Photography for Beginners
Tuesday's 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Let us know if you are interested by emailing us on info@westcorkartscentre.com
Cost: €100, booking and deposit essential to secure your place. Places are limited to 12 participants per course.

The course is designed to learn how to use your digital camera to create interesting, meaningful, correctly composed photographs, with possibility to engage creative thinking and planning for creative photography approach. The course will be facilitated by multimedia visual artist and photographer Tomasz Madajczak.
During the course students will learn how to use their digital camera in a creative way. The subjects of focal length of the lenss, shutter speed, aperture, manual mode of the camera, blur and its creative use, depth of field as well as the demystification of most important aspects of camera settings and the post-production will be covered.

Students will be asked to develop their own creative photography project which will be discussed and presented during one of the classes.
Notes for each class will be provided. digital mirrorless or SLR Camera is required.
Week 1: Digital SLR Camera basics, understanding your camera’s functions, exposure modes, creative use of shutter speed and aperture
Week 2: Understanding light, depth of field and basic portrait photography
Week 3: Understanding the lens, nighttime, flash and low-light photography,
Week 4: Composing a photograph and creative use of colour. Understanding the digital image.
Week 5: Downloading, cataloging and digitally adjusting your images, creating a slideshow of your images for web use, project presentation Take part in a creative approach to photography, find your own individual way to see the world.






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