(Re) Discover Black & White Film

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(Re) Discover Black & White Film


Class fully enrolled. To get on the waiting list email Education@PhotoMidwest.Org with subject “Put me on the ReDiscover B&W Film waiting list”.

Only $150 for PhotoMidwest members; enter the $15 discount code Discover2018 at checkout in the Coupon box in lower right corner. See Store Help for details or if you have any problems making a purchase. This class was completely filled with a waiting list when it was held last spring.

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Instructor: Herb Nelson (Phone or text) 608-332-1728; (Email) herbnelson@sbcglobal.net
Time & Dates: 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays, September 22 & 29 and October 6 & 13, 2018. Note that the class is split into two groups for enlarging and printing per the schedule below.
Location: PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible.
Free convenient parking in our adjacent parking lot.
Class size: limited to only 6 people for an exceptional amount of personal instruction. Minimum enrollment of 4.


Want to learn (or re-learn) how to get a different look to your photography by using film instead of digital? This class will take you through the complete process from loading film into a camera, properly exposing it, developing your film (with or without a darkroom), and finally printing from a film negative. Black & white film enjoys a niche in fine art photography. Film cameras are readily available at a small fraction of their original cost and processing your own film does not require a darkroom. This class provides an introduction to all three phases of using film: exposing, developing, and printing.

Note: Cyanotypes and hybrid analog/digital processes will not be covered in this class, as stated in the August 6, 2018 PhotoMidwest newsletter. However, this class should provide the experience that prepares you to learn these types of alternative processes.

Student evaluations when this class was offered before:

The instructor was effective because "experience, good at explaining & clarifying'"   "... comprehensive coverage."
Student satisfaction with the instructor was "10" on all evaluations, the highest possible rating!

Saturday, September, 2018: Camera and Film

  • Camera functions
  • Aperture – Depth-of-field
  • Shutter speed – Freeze or blur
  • Metering – how they work together for proper exposure
  • Camera handling
  • Film loading

Saturday, September 29, 2018: Film Development

  • Processing demo
  • Loading film on reels in tanks
  • Film processing in tanks
  • Film drying
  • Negative sleeves

Saturday, October 6, 2018: Printing Group One

  • Printing demo
  • Contact printing
  • Enlargement (for half the class)

Saturday, October 13, 2018: Printing Group Two

  • Printing demo
  • Contact printing
  • Enlargement (for other half of class)

Cameras: Students should provide their own 35mm camera that has properly functioning shutter speeds and lens apertures. Light meter batteries usually need to be replaced every year. Fresh batteries are recommended. Please contact the instructor if you have questions about your camera.

Supplies needed: You will need to provide your own 35mm B&W film and 8x10 B&W RC photo paper.

Recommended for this class:

Ilford Multigrade IV MGD.1M Black & White Variable Contrast RC (Resin Coated) Glossy Paper 8x10"-25 Sheets Value Pack (with 2 Rolls of Film) SKU: 1858468. May be in stock at The Camera Company for $38.25 but call to ensure they have it in stock. Do not wait until just a few days before the class starts!
            OR the following items:
1. Ilford Multigrade IV MGD.1M B&W Variable Contrast RC (Resin Coated) Glossy Paper 8x10"-25 Sheets Pack, and
2. Two (2) Rolls 24 or 36 exposure Ilford HP5 400 ISO film. Other suitable Ilford and Kodak 35mm B&W films are:
Ilford Delta 100 ISO, Delta 400 ISO and/or FP4 125 ISO -or- Kodak T-Max 100 ISO and/or T-Max 400 ISO

Course Requirements: To get the most out of this class it is helpful to have experience using a digital or film camera.

Instructor Bio


Herb Nelson

Herb Nelson has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was a faculty member in the College Transfer Art program at Madison College teaching fine art B&W film photography.




All student cancellations will incur a $10.00 processing fee, which will be deducted from any refund remitted. Cancellations more than thirty (30) days before the start of the first class session are refundable, less the above processing fee.

Cancellations at thirty (30) to fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in refunding half (50%) of the fees except for some classes where this is not feasible due to contractual arrangements with the instructor(s) and/or venue. Such exceptions will be noted in the listing of those classes.

Cancellations less than fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in the loss of all fees. You may arrange to have someone else fill your slot in the class but we must be notified of this substitution as soon as possible.  PhotoMidwest will have no involvement in any transfer of funds related to such substitutions.  If the slot in the class is not used, we will consider it as a donation to PhotoMidwest and as such, it may qualify as tax deductible.

In the rare case an entire class must be cancelled by PhotoMidwest, all students will receive a full refund. Partial cancellation of a single class session will typically be addressed via a rescheduled session, not a partial refund of fees.


By enrolling in this course, you consent to PhotoMidwest taking and publishing photographs of the course, which may include you, in its promotional materials to communicate what our classes, events, and/or facilities are like to potential members. To clarify, PhotoMidwest will never publish photographs YOU took without your specific written permission.