Sunny 16 Rule Photography Workshop | Umbria
Sunny 16 Rule Photography Workshop in Città di Castello, Umbria, for to shoot pictures without the use of a light meter device (even with digital)
This Sunny 16 Rule Photography Workshop provides you with a unique experience on the very first rule of assessing light exposure in photography. You will learn how to understand the lighting condition and how to determine the correct exposure for any device and for any sensitive material.
A photography experience rooted at the very beginning of this art
Calotype photographers, wet-plate collodion dreamers, daguerrotypists, salt paper printers, albumen and carbon photographers… all of these alternative photography users are surely using a wood camera that was built a century ago or more. Such a kind of camera is closer to be a ‘camera obscura’ more than a ‘photo-camera’. It provides just a lens attachment to a bellows body and a ground glass on the back for to switch to a plate holder when the shot is ready. How did those photographers set their lens’s aperture and determine the exposure pose in seconds for to achieve their pictures? One-hundred and fifty years ago, they were relying on the Sunny 16 Rule only!
In the latter times, photocameras like Leica and Rolleiflex were not providing a light meter device until the 60s. Nevertheless, photographers like Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Doisneau, Smith, Capa, Weston succeeded in dealing with light matters issueless.
Light-meters entered the photographer’s daily life starting from the second half f the last century. Before of that, photographers were not used to rely on those devices. They were relying on their knowledge, or experience, to evaluate intensity of the light on a due scene. They were founding their skills on the Sunny 16 Rule.
Such a knowledge was able to grant them not only a precise idea of what they were about to shoot and how, but also to stay attentively stick with their eyes to subject with no distraction provided by the necessity of reading the light meter every second out of two.
With this Sunny 16 Rule Photography Workshop you will learn how to take photographs without looking at the signs in your camera’s viewfinder, both analog or digital.
Join this workshop and learn how to operate the Sunny 16 Rule for to judge the luminosity of the scene and take the correct decision on the numbers speed/aperture to set up on your camera for to get a correct exposure.
Lomography, color photography, digital photography: we will work with analog black and white film, but the Sunny 16 Rule applies to any photographic technique, including analogue color photography, lomography and modern digital photography.
Do not underestimate the importance of this rule for to enhance your skills as a photographer
Learn how to take photos in the most simple way possible, gaining knowledge of the lighting situations and being able to record them by selecting just two numbers on your photocamera. The Sunny 16 Rule Photography Workshop can turn us back to be masters of lighting.
You will be able to get close to the real essence of photography, which, notoriously, means ‘drawing with the light’, which meaning has been today dismissed or ignored by the largest part of who ‘takes a picture’.
Taking photographs without relying on an exposure meter? Yes, with the 16 Sunny Rule you can!
At the end of this course you will be able to begin a new relationship with your camera. You will use it right if it is a part of your eye and not anymore like an alien object attention-demanding. From now on, photography will be a much better experience for you, because it will be entirely belonging to you.
Who may attend this Sunny 16 Rule Photography Workshop?
Whoever uses an analog film camera, both black and white and color; who owns a very old photocamera with speeds and aperture control only; amateurs, beginners, professionals, whoever have been operating their cameras always using the light meter and willing to discover a new way of doing photography; whoever wants to understand lighting from its roots; to all lomography and pinhole photography users.
What should you bring to attend this workshop?
A serviced film photocamera (analog) with a lens and at least one roll of black and white film classic type. Specification about both the best camera to operate with and and what is the best film to use for to learn this specific technique are extensively described on Student Guide which is provided by TheDarkroom Academy (the host of this course). Click with confidence and follow the link.
Program of this weekend workshop
1 day full-immersion
weekend workshop (Saturday or Sunday)
Lesson in English
Course level: basic, suitable for any absolute beginner in photography. Beginners in analog photography may like this workshop. Expert photographers with no know-how on taking photos without the help of a light meter can take great advantage of this program.
This workshop runs for a full day.
In the morning you will learn the theory around the Sunny 16 Rule, as well as some other topics around the camera operation, like speeds, apertures, ISO numbers, and so on.
In the afternoon the class will go outside for a practical shooting session.
In the second part of the afternoon the class will return to studio for a development session provided by the teacher. A full feedback on the developed rolls will follow, with final considerations on the work done and fine tuning of the operation.
Film development teaching is not included in this program. Who want to learn how to develop a roll of black and white film, please check our next workshops and apply for the development and printing course.
Application deadline 1 week prior course beginning
Application is provided by the guys at TheDarkroom Academy. For more info and applications, please click the ‘Apply Now” Button with confidence, follow the link ad register on thedarkroom.it website.