The OCA course structure does not include any darkroom processing skills. It is pretty obvious that this is because the OCA course is structured around distance learning and access to a processing labs would be a major problem.
As I have explained previously I am keen to use a large format camera for some of my portraiture work see previous post here. The economics of large format photography are serious and potentially prohibitive. Each sheet of colour negative film costs around £4.50, development costs £3.20 and scanning if done professionally a further £10 plus if scan is to high resolution. So anything up to £20 per sheet! I needed to find a way to practice my large format portrait skills more economically.
This is why I enrolled on a Darkroom processing skills course with the City Lit in London. The course started four weeks ago. We have learned to process…
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