Workshops

I regularly run Film Photography and Darkroom Printing workshops for groups from beginner to advanced level in my darkroom in Trim. One to one training is also available from €150 per day. Sample images made by past attendees can be seen in the Workshop Gallery.

See also the link above to my Boyne Valley B&W Photography workshop running from 8th to 10th September 2017.

To be kept up to date on my workshops, please email me and I'll add you to my mailing list.
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ZONE SYSTEM WORKSHOP - 29th July 2017

Presented in a practical and easy way to follow, this workshop may be the most valuable of any for the serious B&W photographer. Designed primarily for large format users, I will also show how 35mm and medium format shooters can use the Zone System. All the tests required are easy to do and no expensive equipment is needed. Please note this is not a printing workshop but does involve testing in the Darkroom and outdoors.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: 29th July 2017
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Cost: €85
Prerequisite: Good understanding of camera exposure controls and basic knowledge of film development and darkroom printing.
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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 12th Aug. 2017


This workshop is suited to both beginners and improvers whether using film or digital and covers important aspects of shooting both colour and B&W. A model will be present for the day and the max number of participants will be six.



Topics covered include:

Studio light setups (single & multiple)
Lighting backgrounds
Use of reflectors
Natural available light situations (indoors and outdoors)
Metering techniques

This is a hands-on practical workshop where the main emphasis will be on the lighting of a portrait rather than photoshop manipulations or film development/printing techniques.

Venue: Trim, Co Meath.
Date: 12th August 2017
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Cost: €85
Prerequisite: Good understanding of your camera's exposure controls.
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WET PLATE COLLODION INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP - 2nd Sept. 2017

Wet Plate Collodion Photography has seen a growth in interest in recent years. This workshop is designed to show you all the basics of making metal and glass plates both in camera and under an enlarger. Large format 5x7 cameras and all materials as well as full workshop notes are provided. No prior darkroom or large format camera experience is necessary. Max number of participants is four and each person will get to make roughly 6 to 8 plates.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: 26th August 2017
Time: 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: €120
Prerequisite: No prior experience required.
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BEGINNER'S DARKROOM WORKSHOP
Yellow Steeple, Trim


This workshop is designed for the beginner and teaches the basics of film development and darkroom printing using various dodging and burning-in techniques. No previous Darkroom experience is required and this workshop would also benefit someone who has not been in the Darkroom for a long period but who wishes to get a revision course.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: Autumn 2017 - To be confirmed
Time: 10:00 to 17:00
Cost: €85
Prerequisite: No prior experience required.
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INTERMEDIATE DARKROOM PRINTING
White Water on the Boyne


If you have been practicing for a while in the darkroom and are enjoying making prints on Resin Coated paper but now seek to move up a level, this workshop is for you. Covering some of the more advanced printing techniques such as Split-Grade Printing and also introducing you to using Fibre Based paper which is widely regarded to produce superior results to Resin Coated. I will show you how the procedure of using Fibre Based paper differs from Resin Coated and what extra precautions are required to make archival prints. The workshop will cover the following:

- Various methods of proper fixing and washing of Fibre Based paper
- f-stop printing
- Split-Grade printing
- Paper Flashing
- Water-bath development
- Correcting Perspective while printing
- Selenium toning for archival purposes
- Print presentation

Even if you never plan to use Fibre Based paper, the printing techniques used in this workshop will still benefit users of Resin Coated paper. You can use 35mm up to 4x5 inch negatives for this workshop.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: Autumn 2017 - To be confirmed
Time: 09:00 to 18:00
Cost: €85
Prerequisite: Beginner's Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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LITH PRINTING
Lith Print


Lith printing is a very creative printing process with results unlike conventional black and white printing in several respects. The prints produced using this technique can often be described as looking more graphic but may also be soft and subtle. Lith prints are colourful even before toning and may contain warm coloured mid and light tones to high contrast cold coloured shadow tones. The process is so unique that no two prints will look exactly the same. No previous experience of lith printing is required to take part in this workshop and all materials are included in the fee. However, a basic knowledge of how to make a B&W enlargement is required. You will get to use some of the papers and chemistry currently available on the market and learn the controls required to produce beautiful lith prints. Example images can be viewed in the gallery page on this site.

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: Autumn 2017 - To be confirmed
Time: 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: €85
Prerequisite: Beginner's or Intermediate Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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ADVANCED DARKROOM PRINTING & BLEACHING
White Water on the Boyne


This workshop covers some little known but very effective bleaching techniques to improve your prints or rescue those that are made but with which you are maybe unhappy with. Printing with graded papers and using 2-bath development techniques to control contrast is also covered. This workshop will take your printing to a whole new level. The following topics are covered:

- Printing with Graded Papers
- 2-Bath Print Development
- Bleach & Re-development techniques
- Pre-Development Bleaching
- Print Reduction & Intensification
- Negative Reduction & Intensification
- Localised Bleaching techniques

Venue: Trim, Meath.
Date: Autumn 2017 - To be confirmed
Time: 09:00 to 18:00
Cost: €85
Prerequisite: Intermediate Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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PRINT TONING WORKSHOP
Sepia Toned Print


This workshop covers the toning of black & white prints (Resin Coated & Fibre Based) with Sepia, Selenium, Gold and Polysulfide toners, as well as multiple toning techniques combining these toners to create beautiful dual and multiple tone effects. You will also learn how these toners improve the archival properties of your prints.

Venue: Trim, Co Meath.
Date: Autumn 2017 - To be confirmed
Time: 10:00 to 18:00
Cost: €85
Prerequisite: Beginners or Intermediate Darkroom Workshop or similar.
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INFRARED FILM PHOTOGRAPHY
Carrickdexter Castle


This exciting one day Infrared B&W Film Photography workshop is a great introduction for anyone interested in this unusual film. This workshop will teach you all the basics required to use black and white infrared film. I will show you how to expose, focus and develop various types of Infrared film currently on the market. I will also dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about using Infrared film. This is an outdoor workshop which will start with a discussion and presentation of examples of infrared prints. Then it’s out to shoot some selected locations to put the theory to the test. Shold the weather not cooperate, we will then shot some interesting studio portraits with infrared films. Participants will need to bring a 35mm film SLR camera plus a tripod. Two rolls of 35mm film will be provided and are included in the workshop fee. Medium and large format cameras may be used in addition if desired.

Venue: Trim Castle & Bective Abbey, Meath.
Date: To be confirmed
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Cost: €85 (Workshop fee includes 2 rolls of film)
Prerequisite: Good understanding of your camera exposure controls