Tuesday 2nd MarchTonight we all practiced loading developming tank spirals before getting down and very dark in the college darkroom.
But first we were given a Vivitar SLR film camera and shown the controls, how to set the ISO (in our case 400 as we were using rolls of some new black and white film from a manufacturer I have never heard of, Kentmere? Anyone come across this before?
Anyway it was a joy to see and hear the comments from certain (younger members who had never seen a film camera before!) whilst Marc ran through the controls and theory behind using a film camera. We were shown how to adjust both aperture size and shutter speeds in order to get the built in exposure meter to give us the nod that we had managed to get a combination of speed and aperture that would give us the correct exposure – keep looking for the green light Susan.
Then it was off into the studio where we all tried desperately, and somewhat chaotically, to shoot 24 exposures each. All semblance of photographic discipline seemed to go out the window and a free for all portrait shoot of each other seemed to evolve, still no one asked for prize winning images!
Finally we all went into the darkroom and tried to load our dev tank spirals, remove the film cannister and place 2 loaded spirals in each development tank correctly befor fitting the light fast funnel and finally light tight lids. As we had run out of time we labelled these tanks with what was loaded and put them away to be developed next week. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE RESULTS!