Introduction to Large Format Photography Workshop

A black and white image of a large format camera and studio lighting set up with a chair in the middle in front of a white backdrop.


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What will we be doing?

Large format photography is a beautiful way to get exquisite detail in photographs and take a slower approach to making images.

Over a weekend, you will learn the basics of large format photography – from camera knowledge and theory to creating detailed contact prints of your images in the darkroom. For those who have shot film before or have never set foot in a darkroom, this course will teach anyone the basics of making beautiful images utilising a technical camera and a historical process.

Understand 4×5 film (a film negative almost 16x larger than your average frame size of 35mm film!), load double dark negative slides, shoot your first images and develop them, all within a single weekend. Transport back to the 1800s with this unique process and bring out your inner Ansel Adams.

This crash course is open to all levels of photographic experience, perfect for beginners all the way through to experienced image-makers.

When & where?

Introduction to Large Format Photography will take place on Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th 2024, 10 am to 4 pm each day, at PhotoAccess.

PhotoAccess is located within the Manuka Arts Centre
Corner Manuka Circle & New South Wales Cres,
Griffith ACT (next door to the Manuka Pool)


Participants will meet at PhotoAccess and will be provided with large format film, double dark negative slides, photo paper, and grouped to use a large format camera. A few hours will be spend loading the film, understanding the camera and shooting as a group and in pairs. Then the afternoon will be spent developing your film and starting to understand how to create contact prints in the darkroom.

This is a full day of fun spent creating contact prints in the PhotoAccess darkroom and learning how to digitally scan your negatives.

What will be provided?

All required equipment and materials will be provided, including large format cameras, 4×5 film, photographic paper and all the chemicals and equipment required to process and print your contact prints.

You’ll have a PhotoAccess notebook & pencil to take notes and record discoveries.

What should I bring?

Your enthusiasm (and your lunch)! We supply you with large format cameras, film, paper and all other materials.

The Fine Print

Enrolments for this workshop close at 12 noon Wednesday June 12th, 2024. As a not-for-profit, our financial margins are narrow and classes require a minimum number of participants to run. In the event that PhotoAccess cancels a workshop, refunds will be paid in full or a transfer allowed free of charge. If a class is postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule at a time convenient to enrolled participants.

PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days’ notice is given, PhotoAccess can offer a partial refund. Alternatively, enrolment can transfer to another workshop plus a $50 transfer fee. If less than 48 hours are given, no refunds or transfers can be given. Please note that memberships purchased in conjunction with a workshop enrolment are non-refundable. See Terms and Conditions for further details.